Spanish Hotshot Discusses Struggling Chelsea Star Diego Costa

Diego Costa is yet to find the net for Spain despite his excellent club form…

Valencia forward Paco Alcacer has moved to ease the pressure on miss-firing Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is yet to score for Spain in six appearances.

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The Brazilian-born Chelsea hit-man was highly criticised for his below-par performance during the defending champions shock Euro 2016 qualifying defeat against Slovakia earlier this week.

Alcacer, 21, who scored his second international goal in the 2-1 loss, is confident that his teammate will find his form sooner rather than later, and that he should follow the example set by captain Iker Casillas.

“He (Costa) will score soon. I have a very high opinion of him,” Alcacer told reporters. “These good and bad patches are quite normal and soon his first goal will come. He (Casillas) is an example to follow. You can’t judge him just by a single game.”

Costa, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in July, has regularly hit the target for the Blues but is still to find the back of the net for Spain. However, he will get another chance when Spain face minnows Luxembourg next week, with the 26-year-old expected to start despite a hamstring issue.

Speaking about the game with Slovakia, Alcacer added: “On the one hand I’m very happy. Every time I go out on the field I try to do my bit, but on the other I wasn’t happy as we lost the three points.

“After the game we weren’t happy. We created some good chances but didn’t convert them. Now we have to look to Sunday and the Luxembourg game, which is the first one to put all this behind us.”

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