Costa insists ‘Atleti are a great team’

Diego Costa insists Atletico Madrid are a ‘great team’ who deserve to be competing in this season’s Europa League final.

The Spain international netted the only goal of the game as Los Rojiblancos advanced past Arsenal at the semi-final stage to setup a final against Marseille on 16 May.

“We are a great team and we deserved to reach this final,” Costa is cited as saying by Marca.

“This was a hugely important victory for us because we were up against a very strong opponent, who motivate me personally because of my battles in my time in England.

“In Lyon we must prepare thoroughly and give our all against another strong side but we know we will be inspired and helped by our fans, who were amazing tonight.

“We felt the passion and support of the fans on the pitch, it got us over the line and has made me very happy.”

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