Spanish newspaper AS has criticised Chelsea striker Diego Costa for his performance in Spain’s 2-1 defeat to Slovakia last night.
The result is one that few fans would have predicted and Spanish supporters couldn’t be blamed for getting excited about Costa’s form before the game.
He headed into the international break with a staggering Premier League record of nine goals from his first seven games, as he’s settled into English football’s top flight with ease.
However, despite working hard last night, AS has criticised him for not showing enough integrity and intelligence as Spain went hunting for goals.
“Diego Costa is a forward with more power than intuition and on this occasion he was swallowed up by a defence that also thwarted the ingenuity of Silva and Iniesta and the full-backs on either side,” reported AS.
Costa was perhaps still a little bit in Chelsea mode where he’s surrounded by versatile attacking players who do a lot of the running and movement work for him.
Cesc Fabregas was sat in behind him as he does do with the Blues, but Spain’s style of play is different to Chelsea’s and things just didn’t work out in a match that Spain will feel they should have taken something from.
“Cesc played in behind Diego Costa to make use of the channels opened up by the Chelsea striker, who worked his socks off but came up short in front of goal. His only chance at the beginning of the first half was a header that flew agonisingly wide.”
Some credit must go to a very determined Slovakian defence, which worked hard to stop Costa from having any space in and around the penalty area.
It’s much more difficult for a striker of Costa’s type to find genuine chances when sides drop off so deeply and limit the amount of room that the Spanish have to move the ball around in.
Spain have another match away at Luxembourg this weekend before Costa returns to his Premier League duties with Chelsea.