Diego Costa needs to haul a thistle out of his side against Barca

 

Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has returned from foot damage and prepared to confront Barcelona, whom he has never scored against, during his worst run of form in La Liga – 18 games without scoring.

The forward has endured three muscle wounds so has just included in that numerous recreations since February 25, when he scored his last goal in La Liga in a 5-2 win at Sevilla.

Nine months since that minute, 1,332 minutes, and he has not scored in La Liga. However he has struck in the Europa League and the European Super Cup.

 

He has 10 goals and seven assists in 36 games (33 begins) since returning to Atletico in January.

Barcelona are bad rivals for him, facing them 12 times without success. Nine of those were in La Liga – two draws, seven annihilations.

The main time Atletico have beaten Barca with Diego Costa in the squad, was a 1-0 win on April 9, 2014 in the Champions League quarter-finals. He was not accessible however, having endured damage in the main leg at Camp Nou which was a draw.

 

Costa has 62 objectives in 168 diversions for Atletico, Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid, against 21 opponents, however none of them have been Barcelona.

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