SPAIN 8-0 LIECHTENSTEIN

Costa: "I've had a bad time but I knew the goals would come"

"I've never had a bad word about my team mates; I have to thank them because they have always supported me and never let me just give up".

Costa: "I've had a bad time but I knew the goals would come"
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"I always knew the goals would come"

Diego Costa was one of the stars of Monday's 8-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein. The Chelsea striker, who found the net twice, spoke afterwards about his newly-found form and appauded his team mates for their unwavering support.

Support: "It's not just from the boss but my team mates too; they've never abandoned me and have always given me support. Now things are working out well for me".

Confidence and initial doubts: "You have a tough time; every striker needs goals. I think now I am more involved in the team's moves - I always knew that the goals would come".

Feeing more loved: "Of my team mates I've got no complaints at all; I have to thank them because they have always supported me and never let me just give up. It's normal to get criticism because the people always ask for more from the national team players".

Supplier of the ball which allowed Costa to nod in the opener was his old Atleti team mate, Koke.

Koke: "Let's hope this good run continues"

The game: "We improved in terms of pressing and speed and the goals followed".

Diego Costa: "Costa's looking good to me, I'm really happy for him. Let's hope we more of the old Atleti Diego Costa and he continues to astound us - that would be great for the national team".