Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has heaped praise on star striker Diego Costa following his brace against Austria Vienna in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. 

The newly-naturalised Spaniard was doubtful for last night's clash with the Austrian champions after picking up a knock against Espanyol at the weekend, but defied the supposed injury to score twice and take his goal tally to an incredible 12 in just 10 games.

Simeone was also quick to praise his backroom staff, telling Atletico Madrid's official website: "The medical team and physios did a very good job and we expected him to be okay.

"The doctors gave him the all clear and he really put in a huge performance, working for the team. I really appreciate and value the work the guys are doing, it is great.

"They are putting in a lot of effort, a lot of commitment and a lot of teamwork and that allows us to be competitive".

The game in Vienna was Costa's first Champions League start for Atleti after he missed the clashes with Zenit St. Petersburg and Porto.

He arrived at the Franz Horr Stadium on crutches - and afterward spoke of his delight at finally getting a taste of Champions League football. 

"I really wanted to play in the Champions League," said the Brazilian-born forward. "It is a competition that every player wants to play in. I am very happy with my debut and very happy with the team's win.

"I had a bit of trouble and people knew but the medical department has worked hard so I could play."

Atletico have taken firm control of Group G with maximum points from their first three games. A draw in their fourth fixture, at home to Austria Vienna, will be enough to see them progress to the knockout stages for the first time since 2009.

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