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Spain striker Diego Costa believes that he’s being treated differently by the Spanish media because he wasn’t born in Spain or plays for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Costa, 27, was born in Brazil but decided to play for Spain back in 2014 after getting his Spanish citizenship in late 2013. He’s scored one goal in 11 caps for Spain. He came off the bench on Thursday in Spain’s 2-0 win over Belgium in a friendly, and provided the assists for the opening goal by David Silva. Afterwards, Costa defended his performance and complained about the way he is being treated by the Spanish media.
“They criticize me a lot and if I played for Real Madrid or Barca and was a natural Spaniard they’d say I had a good game, possibly my best for the team,” Costa said.
“I didn’t score but I can be useful to the team. I participated a lot in the game and I leave here happy, unlike in other games.“
Costa recognizes that he hasn’t been on fire for the national team, but feels he should be given some credit.
“I haven’t done great things for Spain, I can’t lie, but when I play well they should say so. They criticise me for my character, but I also have quality,” Costa said.
Costa was left out of the Euro 2016 squad by former manager Vicente Del Bosque, but has now been recalled by new manager Julen Lopetegui.
“A new era has started. I have faith in my teammates,” Costa said. “It’s true that I have unfinished business with scoring but today I felt good and the goals will come.
“I’d be more concerned if I didn’t have chances, but the team is creating them and that’s good. I will score soon.”
Spain kicks off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Liechtenstein on Monday.