Lopetegui: We Love Costa The Way He Is

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Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has defended Diego Costa after the 1-1 draw against Italy, saying they must love who he is.

The Chelsea striker was substituted midway through the second half, as he was in danger of receiving a red card.

And while Lopetegui hopes Costa can change his behaviour for his own sake, he was adamant he must be accepted for the way he is.

“Players keep developing right until they retire. You can change in a positive way if you make the right decisions,” Lopetegui told El Larguero.

“Diego has a certain character. He is a fighter. But sometimes his reactions hurt his reputation.

“He will be able to iron out these things as he develops. He is aware of it and so are we. These things can cost him. It could be hurtful to him.

“But we must love Diego the way he is and try to understand him. Any small advantage can make the difference in a tight game.”



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