Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has criticised the recent behaviour of Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa has become one of the most reviled players in the Premier League since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2014.
Regularly in the headlines for his antics on the pitch, Costa provoked the fury of Arsenal fans during his team’s 2-0 over the Gunners in September.
Constantly agitating the opposition, Costa tricked Arsenal defender Gabriel into kicking him in retaliation to bullying. Gabriel was rightly sent off but Costa went unpunished.
That was until the FA slapped him with a retrospective three match ban for his spat with Gabriel and his violent conduct against Laurent Koscielny.
Del Bosque was unimpressed and condemned such ghastly carry-on. “What he did was unedifying, and that is why he was punished,” he said. “Of course, I didn’t like what he did.”
But the Spain coach clarified that Costa wasn’t being dropped. He’s suspended for their first game against Luxembourg after picking up several bookings, so Del Bosque decided not to select him.
“He can’t play the first game through suspension and we’ve decided not to bring him,” Del Bosque continued. “He hasn’t played badly and it’s not on merit.”
Thus far, the Costa experiment hasn’t worked for Spain, the Brazil-born striker scoring just once in nine games.