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Spain faced EURO 2016’s champions in the opener of the competition and conceded an early opener as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to goal after just 4′ in the first half.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa got the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores, before Ronaldo grabbed his first brace in a World Cup and put his squad in front again.

However, Costa scored the second brace of the game and secured Spain a double comeback, then Nacho’s brilliant effort put ahead Fernando Hierro’s men with less than 30′ left to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not have wished for a better ending as he scored again with a brilliant free-kick.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in the opener against Portugal in the World Cup 2018 tonight.

Spain will face Iran on 20th of June in their race alongside with Portugal and Morocco to book a place for the knock-out phase.

 

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta did not feature in the opener against Portugal in the World Cup 2018 tonight.

Spain faced EURO 2016’s champions in the opener of the competition and conceded an early opener as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to goal after just 4′ in the first half.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa got the better of the Portugal defence to level the scores, before Ronaldo grabbed his first brace in a World Cup and put his squad in front again.

However, Costa scored the second brace of the game and secured Spain a double comeback, then Nacho’s brilliant effort put ahead Fernando Hierro’s men with less than 30′ left to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not have wished for a better ending as he scored again with a brilliant free-kick.

Spain will face Iran on 20th of June in their race alongside with Portugal and Morocco to book a place for the knock-out phase.

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Blanc knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League with PSG last season

It seems Maurizio Sarri will become the new Chelsea manager this week: however, Blues’ legend Marcel Desailly has another ideal candidate for this role.

“I would be very happy if Laurent Blanc becomes the new manager of Chelsea, but if it doesn’t work, I want to give another chance to Conte,” Desailly told Goal.

According the the former Chelsea defender, who played and won the 1998 World Cup with Laurent Blanc, the Italian manager made some mistakes in the team’s tactical system: He had to make some concessions about his system, his philosophy and his method of working. In 2016-2017, he won the Premier League with a revolutionary three-man defence. It was a weird year because a lot of teams were in transition, like Manchester City, Liverpool and United.” Desailly explained.

Also, Conte was wrong when he sold striker Diego Costa: With Diego Costa, somewhere they must regret it,” Desailly said. “They believed that Morata had Diego Costa in him. No, it’s Giroud and Morata who together give Costa. He was a target man like Giroud can be, while possessing the agility shown by Morata.”

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa spoke about the end of his professional relationship with Chelsea:

“It is very clear that it was not my fault that I was in Brazil,” Costa said in a press conference in Spain today.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard belives the Blues must change their strategy in the next summer transfer window if they want to compete to win the Premier League.

In particular, Lampard claims, Chelsea have to follow the two Manchester’s clubs example. “It is very evident that in terms of strengthening, they didn’t [last summer]. They lost big players in [Nemanja] Matic and [Diego] Costa and they did buy some but I think the manager wasn’t that happy with that”.  Lampard said. “There was a downturn in performances from the players as well, which can happen having won a league, which is disappointing. It is important for Chelsea, for continuity, to come in the top four. We are not going to win the league this year so they have to come in the top four and try to have a Champions League run. There need to be some serious questions in the summer, to say: ‘Ok, everyone else is recruiting around us, the Manchester clubs in particular’ and you are going to have to match that to a degree to stay in the game. That’s the way football has gone.”

 

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Diego Costa returned to action in Atletico Madrid‘s Copa del Rey clash against Lleida last night. The Spaniard scored after 5’ as he came off the bench in the second half to put Los Colchoneros 3-0 up.

Then Costa himself suffered a minor injury while celebrating the goal, and did return to the pitch after receiving treatments on his knee.

The 29-year-old, who left Stamford Bridge in September, was unveiled last week as Atletico Madrid were under a transfer ban until 1st of January 2018.

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Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa was unveiled as a new Atletico Madrid player today.

A return for the Brazilian born forward, who already played for five years in the Spanish side until 2014, when he signed for the Blues.

The Spain international has been training with Diego Simeone and his team-mates for three months, but was forced to stay in the sidelines until today as he was signed outside of the transfer window and the Spanish giants had their transfer ban still in force until January 1.

Costa, anyway, doesn’t forget the three years in West London, where he won two Premier League titles and League Cup:

“The fans, the people and the team-mates helped me a lot. Chelsea is a great club,” the ex Blues said.

“I have a special affection for them, I only have good memories.”

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Despite falling out with him last summer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims he maintains good memories about Diego Costa, who was unveiled as a new Atletico Madrid striker today, a return for the Brazilian born forward, who already played for five years in the Spanish side until 2014, when he signed for the Blues:

“It’s not right to talk about players who are not in my team and squad,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“But I thank him for his commitment and behaviour during the season.

“We won together, so I will always remember him in a positive way. We fought together and won together.”

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Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis spoke ahead of tonight’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where the Brazilian star played 7 games in 2014/15 campaign.

And Luis believes Chelsea made a mistake when let Diego Costa leave the Premier League champions to reunite with former club Atletico Madrid in September.

“Diego is a huge player, best player for me at Chelsea is him because he scores a lot of goals and important goals – Luis said speaking at a press conference ahead of the Champions League clash – I think he came back to Atletico because Chelsea couldn’t keep him because it’s his desire. He really wanted to come back to Atletico”. 

“He was happy here. He did his job really well. His most important desire was to come back. It is frustrating seeing him playing like an animal, but he can’t play. It’s just a month until he can play with us. He’ll help us a lot. I don’t have any doubts about it”. 

“He knows the club, he knows the way we play. He has already adapted. I know it was difficult times for him and for Chelsea. Now everybody’s happy. We want to see him play and happy again.”

 

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Chelsea star Alvaro Morata was full of praise for Diego Costa, who played at Stamford Bridge for three seasons scoring 52 goals from 89 games. The Spaniard left the Blues following a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and will join Atletico Madrid when the transfer market window reopens in January.

“People remember him there, – Morata said of Diego Costa in an interview to Spanish publication AS I speak to him quite a lot. There was a chance that we might have played together but in the end that didn’t happen.”

Morata praised also Cesar Azpilicueta, who served an handsome assist for Morata’s goal against Manchester United“Azpilicueta is amazing. We understand each other well and at Chelsea, the service we get off the full-backs works well. I’m very grateful to Cesar.”

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