Diego Costa struggling to find form for Chelsea and Spain

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Diego Costa put in an extremely below-par performance for his new-found nation Spain last night in their Euro 2016 qualifier against lowly Macedonia.

Little did it matter in terms of the result, as Spain crept through 1-0 in a campaign where, if we're being realists, they were never in danger of not qualifying. However, in these cases a job still needs to be done.

Failure to find the back of the net last night, and at the weekend, means Costa has only scored one goal in his eight caps. And, having considered how prolific he has been for countless of seasons for both Atletico Madrid and most recently Chelsea, it is no wonder that fans and critics are beginning to ask questions.


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And this is not through lack of trying - Costa is often a player you see oozing passion and commitment for both club and country. 

It's not only international form that is causing the striker to come under scrutiny, but also his club form. And you have to wonder, in a team that boasts the attacking wealth of riches such as Chelsea, why is he struggling? 

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Costa has managed just one goal in his first four league games, which came in the defeat of West Brom 3-2, thanks to a stunning debut from new-boy Pedro, who provided the assist.

As disappointing as his start has been, and as much as it's in the spotlight, you have to also single out the other attackers who haven't been firing. Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Co. have all found it very difficult early on in the season, too. 

Costa will be hoping to rediscover his undoubted class and last season's form, which enabled him to net 20 goals in 29 league appearances.  

Chelsea have an important week coming up, with a lunchtime kick off against Everton on Saturday, and the start of their Champions League campaign next week, in which the draw has provided a nice starting point for Costa, with a home tie against Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Can Costa start firing again for both club and country?

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