David Silva reveals Spain are still learning how to play with Chelsea star Costa

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Manchester City playmaker David Silva has revealed that Spain are still trying to figure out how to play with Chelsea star Diego Costa in the side.

Spain came crashing back down to earth this summer after being dumped out of the World Cup in the group stage. Defeats to the Netherlands and Chile meant that Spain were the first team to be knocked out of the competition in Brazil, which was a huge surprise given Spain's recent success having won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

It's a new dawn for La Roja now though, as three of the old guard - Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and David Villa - have announced their retirements from international football, meaning some new faces are playing big roles in Vicente del Bosque's side. Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi has been called up to the side in place of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who continues to struggle for Spain.

Costa, 25, hit 35 goals for Atletico Madrid last season but was quiet in Spain's World Cup exit, and played an hour against France in midweek without finding the net - despite scoring four in three games for Chelsea in the Premier League. Manchester City playmaker David Silva believes that it will take time for the players to get used to playing with Costa, but that they are working on it.

"We are trying to connect with Costa. We’re on it," said Silva. "Over the last few years we’ve been known for having the ball and creating chances. We have to be patient as there are new people here. Now we don’t really create much. We’re working to improve that aspect."

It's quite the change in style for Spain, who rarely played with a target man during their successful years. Costa is a big, physical presence but Spain tended to play with quicker, more nimble players in attack such as Villa, Fernando Torres or Roberto Soldado.

Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente are more in Costa's mould, and whilst both have been prolific in domestic football, they both relatively struggled to make an impact for del Bosque's side - leading to neither of them being named in Spain's 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer.

Spain need to adapt quickly to having Costa in the side, and need to start playing to his strengths - just as Atletico did and Chelsea have done so far.

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