Let’s be honest, Diego Costa is one of the most pressured striker entering the Euro 2016. He’s a foreigner inside his team, and all the success Spain had was before him. Now the Brazilian-Spanish forward looks to leave all demons behind and show he belongs on this team.
When Costa decided to play for Spain instead of Brazil, he was at criticized man in his own country. Spain welcomed him with open arms because he was the hot name playing at Atletico Madrid now and until June, he could have a huge chance to make a big impact on the Spanish team.
The problem with Costa’s game it is not suitable for what Spain usually plays. He is a tall striker with a killer instinct based on power and headers. He can be the finisher in a skilled passing team, but can never assists or participate in the creation of the plays; he’s not agile enough, and his movements without the ball are predictable.
To make it a little more completed, Spain doesn’t need him. The best they have played in the past it has been with a false nine; a potential striker that usually is not the finisher.
“We all know his character,” Spanish manager Del Bosque said. “But we don’t feel we pick him because we owe him anything. He was picked because we believe in him; it is a question of confidence.
Spain have the third best Euro 2016 Odds to win the Championship, listed at 6.5 to win the tournament for a third time in a row.
“Being the reigning champions, we’re going to try to defend our title. It’s going to be difficult as our rivals are strong, and we have a new team. But we still have a sufficiently high level to win this trophy,” Juan Mata explained the mood inside the Spanish team thinking about the Euro.
Spain will have to face Croatia, Czech Republic, and Turkey in the group stage of the Euro 2016. Of course, they are the favorites, but so were they in the Brazil 2014 World Cup and ended up eliminated in the first two matches.
Spain’s success won’t be centered on Diego Costa. But he needs to show he can be a team player; otherwise, he might end up watching his team play for glory while he’s on the bench. Diego Costa Euro 2016 Odds have him rated at 20.0 at the online sportsbook Bodog to be the top scoring player in the Euro 2016, but it’s a valuable long shot.