Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa had a day of mixed feelings after picking up an injury which will rule him out of next weekend’s Champions League final.
Atletico Madrid travelled to Barcelona on Saturday knowing that a draw would be enough to win them their first La Liga title since 1996.
Chelsea target Costa was an injury doubt before the game, but boss Diego Simeone knew the magnitude of the match and felt the need to start him as the Rojiblancos bid to stop Barca from destroying their title hopes.
Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, he pinged his hamstring early into the match and in that moment he knew his season was over. Costa left the pitch in tears, as his dreams of participating in the Champions League final in Lisbon against arch-rivals Real Madrid vanished in an instant.
Despite his personal disappointment, Atletico's excellent fightback in the second-half and stout defending towards the end meant that the potential future Chelsea player became a La Liga winner as a result of a battling 1-1 draw.
The length of Costa’s injury layoff has yet to be confirmed, but because it is a hamstring problem, it shouldn’t affect the star’s World Cup this summer nor the potential move to West London, although it looks likely that he will miss next weekend's European Cup final.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been hot on the trail of the striker for much of the season, with one Spanish report suggesting the Blues have a €60 million (£49m) agreement to sign him this summer.
Those particular reports were never clarified, but the rumours are building and Chelsea do have a number of aces in their pack - such as Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku – as they bid to bring the striker to the Premier League this summer.