Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque believes Chelsea star Diego Costa has been unfairly judged which explains why according to the coach why some people don’t want him in squad.
Costa was not named in the national team squad for friendlies against Romania and Italy with the suggestion that a disciplinary issue from an altercation with Everton’s Gareth Barry was the reason.
Bosque who replaced Costa with Athletic Bilbao forward Aritz Aduriz disputed the claim, insisting that the Bilbao striker was called to Spain ‘on merit, not pressure’.
“From what I’ve seen, they have demonized Costa a lot and maybe that’s why [there are some who don’t want him in the squad] but the last episode isn’t so serious, honestly.”
“He was putting in effort to play because it was Chelsea’s last chance to get something and he plays with great excitement. That’s a good part of his approach. He also has other things that are bad, but I don’t want either to change.
“If we called him it’s because we already know him, but I don’t like that he does ugly things, but the other day wasn’t like that.” Del Bosque told Mundo Deportivo
Athletic Bilbao striker Aduriz was named in the squad after a prolific season at the age of 35 led to a campaign for his inclusion, but Del Bosque insists he wasn’t swayed by the pressure.
“We didn’t bring him because of the pressure, but on merit. When we went out the World Cup in Brazil we made our projections for the future and everything went through Paco Alcacer, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata. They were the three strikers we planned on but Aduriz has joined them by merit and because he is playing well.” Bosque added.
The squad named for the upcoming friendlies is the last prior to Euro 2016 which suggests Del Bosque may not effect many changes to the group between now and the summer tournament but he made exceptions for the likes of Santi Cazorla, Vitolo, Andres Iniesta and Costa who are all sidelined at the moment with injuries.