Coach 'would like to see' Chelsea star Costa score more goals for Spain

Vicente Del Bosque Spain

Vicente Del Bosque is hoping Diego Costa can find his form for Chelsea in a Spain shirt during the international break.

Spain are in Euro 2016 qualifying action again tonight as they take on Slovakia in Zilina.

Spain are still reeling from their embarrassing exit from the World Cup this summer, in which they went out at the Group Stage bringing to an end their global dominance of the game, and perhaps the end of tiki-taka.

They have had more luck in recent fixtures. They thrashed Macedonia 5-1 last time out, although were also beaten 1-0 by France before that - so this is a team in transition.

One of the problems they must address is simply how to get the best out of Diego Costa. The Brazilian born striker pledged allegiance to Spain before the World Cup but he struggled in his homeland to find his best form.

In fact Costa is yet to fire for Spain. In his five caps for Spain he is yet to score, which is in stark contrast to his form at club level.

He netted 36 times for Atletico Madrid last season and has started in similar style for new club Chelsea. Since his £32 million move from Spain Costa has found the back of the net nine times in as many games - leaving Chelsea fans purring and Premier League defences quaking.

Another big boost for Spain is that most of those goals have been set up by Cesc Fabregas - who is also set to start for Spain this evening.

But Vicente Del Bosque knows Costa needs to start firing for his country soon.

The manager has told his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Football Espana, that Costa must find the form he currently has with Chelsea to prove a success with the Spanish national team:

"We’d like to see Diego do with the national side what he is doing with Chelsea. But we are not worried about him as he is a regular goalscorer in his team and in his League, although we’d also like to see him score goals for Spain. We’ll have a slightly new system in place from the one we had against Macedonia so we should have more of an offensive presence..."

Chelsea fans will however simply hope he comes through the international period unscathed with his problem hamstrings remaining a concern for the foreseeable future.

But seeing him carry on his goalscoring form would certainly not hurt.

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