Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has said that maybe Diego Costa should 'smooth out his character and his behavior', but is still behind the forward.
The Chelsea striker has failed to recreate his form of last season and his disciplinary record has come under scrutiny as a result.
Costa was banned for three matches following the Blues' 2-0 win over Arsenal and has not scored a Premier League goal since the victory against Aston Villa on October 17.
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Del Bosque, who has been in charge of the Spanish national side since 2008, is still a staunch supporter of the 27-year-old despite his poor form for club and country.
The former Real Madrid boss said, as per the Mirror: “We all know his character. 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.
“Maybe he should smooth out his character and his behaviour but we believe in him.”
Costa is not the only Chelsea player struggling for form this season, but with the goalscoring expectation falling on his shoulders, his performances are heavily scrutinised.
While he was banging in goals for fun last season, his onfield antics could be ignored by supporters. However, given his lack of end product, many Blues fans are beginning to see Costa in a different light.
The Brazilian-born Spaniard has proven he can cut it in the Premier League, but he needs to prove his worth once again given the Stamford Bridge club's disastrous start to the season.
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