Chelsea striker Diego Costa is still searching for a goal in Spanish colours after he was left frustrated during Spain’s 2-1 defeat to Slovakia last night.
Costa was under pressure following a £32 million move from Atletico Madrid but his style as an aggressive and strong centre forward suits the Premier League well.
He’s also done well to play so effectively for his club while he has been carrying a persistent hamstring problem, which has left Jose Mourinho constantly worrying about muscle fatigue on the striker’s hamstring.
Why he struggles at international level is difficult to examine but it could be due to the difference in style between Chelsea and Spain, which creates a common problem that a lot of players have when it comes to an international break.
Spain are a very subtle, possession based side that like to wear teams down and hurt them with their passing game.
They have stuck with that style of play despite the fact that several sides have started to find effective ways of playing against them, which sees Costa often isolated because he’s not the sort of striker who will drop off and deep into midfield to get the ball.
Chelsea supply possession to him and do the hard work, giving him chances which allow him to perform his killer instincts and hit the back of the net on a regular basis.
Vicente Del Bosque could stick with Costa as Spain look to try and react to a poor result against Slovakia when they take on Luxembourg this weekend.
Here’s what Chelsea fans had to say about his performance last night on Twitter.
"Lmaoo so is fabregas @Joythedj: The Diego Costa that plays for Chelsea and the one for Spain are different people"— Chawa (@Hellingz89) October 10, 2014
Diego Costa is a proven goal scorer but he can't play Tika Taka, personally Spain are better with a false 9— Bradley Dewick (@Bradleydewick) October 10, 2014
"@Pr8nz: So I don't wanna hear bickering of him not scoring for Spain. Costa isn't built for tiki boring taka."— (@ezimuoh3) October 10, 2014
Spain's style doesn't fit costa— I:G Sylvester_08 (@Sylvester_0) October 10, 2014
in my opinion, spanish style of possession play and direct forewards like costa dont go hand to hand. spain either... http://t.co/phPp92Ytyy— Fauzan Bebbe (@FauzanIbrahim2) October 10, 2014
He doesnt fit deir football style RT @Jhummie_Perez: Spain hasn't done enough to bring out the ruggedness in Costa. Mourinho should tell dem— OCTOBER 13 'S KING (@Michgboxy) October 10, 2014
Costa, just rest with Chelsea and stop wasting your time playing in Spain please, clearly their style of Football doesn't suit you— Sebastian (@sebastianrcgr) October 10, 2014
Arghh! Spain Spain Spain may vincent del busquet shud just give us(CFC) costa, cos wit dis style of play costa wont get u enuf goals— HorBarYoRmeE_GunZ (@Horbaryormee) October 9, 2014
The attack for the next La Roja game. Costa can't fit into the Spanish style and Spain shouldn't change their style. pic.twitter.com/mx7FhNNqk5— Tajudeen Adeyemi (@Timi000Tim) October 9, 2014
Costa does not suit Spain's style of play.— TheBridgeTalk (@TheBridgeTalk) October 9, 2014