Spain manager explains how Chelsea star Diego Costa can improve
Spain manager Vicente del Bosque says Diego Costa's Chelsea form is a matter of confidence
Diego Costa’s poor form is a matter of confidence, according to Spain manager Vicente del Bosque.
The Chelsea striker has failed to score in his last six games in all competitions after the defending Premier League champions suffered a 1-0 defeat by Stoke City at The Britannia on Saturday evening.
The Blues forward has still been named in Del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s upcoming games against England and France despite his poor form.
The former Real Madrid manager explained his reasoning behind including the out-of-form 27-year-old in his striker, discussing what changes Costa must make to improve.
“We all know his character and we don’t feel we pick him because we owe him anything,” Del Bosque is quoted as saying by Goal.com.
“He was picked because we believe in him, it is a question of confidence.
“Maybe he should smooth out his character and his behaviour, but we believe in him.
“I think when a team isn’t playing well it’s not down to a single element and with Chelsea not playing well this season all of their elements are being affected by it.”
Costa has scored two goals and has made one assist in 10 Premier League appearances for the defending champions this season.
The Spain international netted 20 times in 26 Premier League games during Chelsea’s title-winning campaign last term.
Costa moved to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2014.