He is without an international goal in five matches for La Roja, having also failed to score in the two appearances he made for Brazil in 2013. Having changed to Spanish nationality in late 2013, Costa made his debut for Vicente del Bosque’s side in February 2014, before playing two of three games Spain endured at their disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign.
He played the full 90 minutes as Spain faltered to a 2-1 loss in Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualification, and international teammate, and former teammate at Atletico Madrid, Juanfran has revealed why he has yet to find the back of the net for his country.
Quoted by Goal.com, the full-back said: “He’s not getting the scoring chances he’s getting with his club team.”
Despite playing with Cesc Fabregas at both club and international level, the duo do not appear to be as effective for La Roja as they are with the Blues. Fabregas has seven assists this season, most of them for Costa, but the tiki-taka style that Spain continue to play does not lend itself to the best of their talents.
However, Juanfran added that he knows the goals will start to come for Costa, as long as they remain patient with the forward.
“He’s committed and sooner or later he will start scoring goals,” he added.
“We need to be patient with him. On Sunday [against Luxembourg], everything will be fine.”
Whilst he has yet to find the back of the net for Spain, the goals do not appear to be drying up for Chelsea, and that is surely all that matters to the Blues fans at this moment in time.