Lopetegui Happy With Costa’s Form For Chelsea

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Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui says he is happy with Diego Costa’s club form and believes he is starting to settle into the La Roja squad.

Costa admitted to having a difficult time with the squad , struggling for form in the 2014 world cup, before he was left out for the Euro 2016.

However, he has 17 goals for Chelsea already this season and has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Spain, a fact that makes Lopetegui happy.

“He’s calm and happy,” Lopetegui told Radio Marca. “He has had a lot of consistency and form at Chelsea and we are all delighted.

“The players who are with us have shown incredible behaviour. The players are the medicine for the Spain team and they will help us achieve our goals.”

Spain take on Israel on Friday in World Cup qualifying looking for a win that will keep them above Italy and at the top of Group G.

“The main focus is to get points against Israel. We need to convey the importance of this game,” he said.

“They have good players and they are a competitive team. We know how difficult they are, we have to perform well.

“We absolutely respect Israel and I’m sure that they are also going to be respected by the city of Gijon.”



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