Diego Costa returns to Atletico bearing high expectations


Costa told reporters after a goal-scoring bow: "Now I am very happy because I feel like a footballer again".

Costa also led Atletico to the first of two Champions League finals in the last four years, but he was forced to abandon the 2014 final early on due to injury and Atletico lost 4-1 in extra time to Madrid. "It was very important for me", said Costa.

Costa got on the scoresheet in the 70th minute after Diego Godin and Fernando Torres both struck in the first half.

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The gruff striker came off the bench on 64 minutes with the La Liga giants already 2-0 up at the Camp d'Esports.

"His departure annoys me because his performances haven't been accompanied by goals in a team that doesn't wait".

But it nearly threatened to ruin his second debut after he injured his knee over-stretching to bag the third goal. Diego gives us pace, strength, commitment. what we expect from him.

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The striker agreed a deal to re-join the Spanish giants from Chelsea in September but Atletico's transfer ban meant he was prevented from making his second debut until January.

Simeone, however, is unhappy the 24-year-old has not been able to make the impact befitting his level of ability, with Vietto yet to score this term.

Atletico Madrid is now second in La Liga but nine points behind Barcelona, and the club has scored just 25 goals in its league campaign, which ranks just 39th across Europe's big five leagues.

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After Conte told him by text message he was no longer part of his plans, the Spain worldwide spent much of the summer in Brazil before a deal was done with his former club.