Simeone still ‘loves’ Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has shown his support for striker Diego Costa after he was sent off in the Europa League.

The Brazilian forward was given a straight red against Viktoria Plzen on Thursday for a headbutt, but the 42-year-old tactician has claimed he still 'loves' the former Braga man.

“To me, Diego Costa is a player that I love,” the Rojiblacos Coach told a Press conference. “He is very important to us and I do not care what people say.”

He then commented on Sunday's upcoming match against Deportivo La Coruna.

“They have some players missing,” he said. “But their forwards are incredibly strong and they have a great right wing.”

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