‘Diego Costa makes the difference’

Oliver Torres has reflected on his Champions League debut for Atletico Madrid and backed Diego Costa if selected for Spain.

La Roja name their squad for World Cup qualifiers with Belarus and Georgia on Friday and the Atletico Madrid striker is expected to be included.

On from the Spanish Football Federation looking for confirmation from FIFA that he is still eligible despite having represented the country of his birth, Brazil earlier this year in two friendlies, the striker has had the backing of one young club colleague.

“It is an assumption that has not yet come true. But Diego Costa is a great player and for any team he would contribute a lot,” considered Oliver at a publicity event today.

The young playmaker made his first appearance for Atleti in the Champions League this week in the 2-1 win at Porto and found himself as the team’s most advanced player on the pitch, in Costa’s absence.

“In training sometimes I have played as a No 9, or a ‘false 9’, but never in a competitive match, and I felt good.

“At Atleti everything remains for me to achieve. I want to keep growing and playing here. Hopefully I can bring much joy to the fans.

“I am part of a very competitive group, we are going to be all moving in and out of the team, interchanging.

“We must focus on working well every day to improve ourselves and to do better than our peers. For this, our group is good.”

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