Simeone confirms Costa to start

Diego Simeone has confirmed that Diego Costa will start in Atletico Madrid’s Liga decider against Barcelona.

The capital club go to Camp Nou on Saturday looking for the point that will see them crowned Liga champions.

And the Coach has revealed that the Spain international will be in the XI, despite suffering from a recent calf complaint.

“There is no need to motivate the players ahead of a big match like this,” he told a Press conference.

“The Coach's job is to get the team prepared and we are trying to come up with the best ways to make sure the match is played on our terms.

“Diego is fit and will play from the start. Here's hoping the team can deliver on the pitch.

“I expect Barça to come out strong and am anticipating it to be the hardest of our recent matches against them.

“It's not about deserving it, it's about winning it at the end of the day.”

The Argentine has also insisted that his men will be fully focused on tomorrow, not next weekend’s Champions League final.

“No one is thinking about the Champions League final right now. There is a lot of nice build-up to come, but we're focused on tomorrow; we live in the moment.”

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