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BELGIUM 0 - 2 SPAIN | DIEGO COSTA

"If I was Spanish, and played for Madrid or Barça, they'd be saying what a great game I had"

Chelsea striker Diego Costa didn't mince his words as he spoke to reporters in the Mixed Zone after Thursday's 2-0 friendly win over Belgium
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"If I was Spanish, and played for Madrid or Barça, they'd be saying what a great game I had"
ERIC VIDAL REUTERS

Chelsea striker Diego Costa didn't mince his words as he spoke to reporters in the Mixed Zone after Thursday's 2-0 friendly win over Belgium.

Constant criticism: "Sometimes I get a lot of criticism... If I played for Real Madrid or Barcelona and I was Spanish-born, everyone would be saying what a great game I had - possibly my best performance with the national team. I can be useful. I was heavily involved in the match and I am going home happy, not like on other occasions".

Unhappy with the press: "Sometimes I dig myself a hole, but other times, with the slight comment, you create a media storm. Many times you may be right, I admit that I haven't done great things with the national team, I won't deny it. But when I play well, that should be mentioned. I have got the confuidence of my team mates and I hope to start scoring soon".

Message: "I get criticized for my character, but I have also got quality as a player... Sometimes I lose the plot a bit - like other players, but if it's me...".

Remaining true to yourself: "I'm not going to change however much they criticize me. I know that sometimes I make mistakes - I don't need anyone to tell me when I am in the wrong:I have a lot of people around me who tell me straight to my face which is the way it should be. Everyone loses their temper from time to time".