Simeone comments on Diego Costa departure: “The team won’t change”

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The Atletico boss has had his say on how the club will go about filling the void left by Diego Costa.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says his team will not change their approach to matches despite the loss of star striker Diego Costa.

Costa moved to Chelsea for over £30million this summer, following a prolific season in Madrid that saw Atletico storm to the La Liga title.

His 36-goals in all competitions was always going to make him hot property in the transfer market, but Simeone was keen to brush aside any affect it may have on his side.

“The structure of the team won’t change,” he said in his pre-match press-conference ahead of the Spanish Super Cup showdown with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

“The aims and the aggressiveness will be the same because it’s the basis of the side. It gives us the stability to maintain the same style of play.

“The way Mandzukic plays isn’t the same and Griezmann could be similar. Jiménez is in between. He’s the most similar without being the same as Costa, but he can also play as a second striker. Whoever makes us feel the most comfortable will be who plays.”

Simeone has replaced Costa with two well-known attacking options in Mario Mandžukić and Antoine Griezmann, who will be expected to get the goals that Costa did so often last season.

After a poor World Cup campaign with Spain, Costa will be eager to prove he still has the capacity for regular goals at Stamford Bridge - and that he can help fire Chelsea to the Premier League title.

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