Diego Pablo Simeone it feeds on sensations on which it then generates moods through messages. A training, a gesture or a look of a player are enough to try to design the reality that he imagines and intends. From his observations, Simeone tries to build contexts on which to influence the spirit of the group and also the fans. Hit the collective and the social mass by the two consecutive losses (Betis and Real Madrid) and with the European visit of Juventus around the corner, for the lifting of the rojiblanca morality El Cholo has chosen the figure of Diego Costa.
The Spanish-Brazilian striker received medical clearance on Friday after having been operated on the fifth metatarsal of the right foot on December 5. Included in the list for Saturday's game against Rayo in Vallecas (16.15, beIN LaLiga), two and a half months after the intervention, Simeone announced the return of the scorer as a battle cry. "It is baaaarbaro", assured the technician delaying the pronunciation of the first syllable, "this one that leaves, has a hunger that can not". "You guys [la prensa] they saw how he trained, "he continued," he is ambitious, as is he, a warrior. We need you. "
In the complex panorama that lives the team, also eliminated from the Cup, the coach has put Costa's fighting virtues in the forefront. Until those two consecutive league games, his teammates had survived without him with a balance of seven wins and four draws. Simeone thinks about the reissue of the explosion that led to the return of Costa last season, when in his first two games he revolutionized the team with his goals, Lleida, in the Cup, and Getafe, in the league.
That stellar appearance was soon diluted by a multitude of injuries that made him miss eight games. Costa finished the course with only three goals in the league championship, two in the Copa and two in the Europa League. The expectations raised by his coveted return were not fulfilled. Neither this course, after another spectacular start, with two goals in the Super Cup final, his impact on the team was definitive. Until he decided to undergo surgery on December 5, he counted one goal in the league championship and another in the Champions League. In private, Costa blamed his little contribution to the ailments in the foot and the pressuren to which he was subjected by the coaching staff to play. In the midst of that situation, also emerged the claim of his agent Jorge Mendes of a salary increase before the millionaire salary increase carried out by the club with Antoine Griezmann. Mendes put his representative in the Chinese market, with a contract until 2021 and an annual record of 8.5 million, but the injury took him out of any type of operation. "An injured player is out of the market," they slipped into the club.
The contribution of Costa, of 30 years, in this section of the season seems definitive for his future. The club is aware that a good version of the player not only directly affects the team. Also in a future sale that allows to amortize the 55 million disbursed to Chelsea. If the level shown is the one of the last course and the one of the previous one to his injury in this one, the leadership will have to assume its permanence next to the one of Ávaro Morata, if the Chelsea does not decide to repescar to this the 30 of June.
The return of Costa also occurs with Morata already installed in the eleven. The antecedents of the Simeone era remind us of more or less frequent pairs of pure forwards to Costa with Falcao and Villa, although the latter is very much to the left. Neither of these two companions required spaces to exploit their best virtues. Morata does need a field to take his stride. "Absolutely, Costa can be compatible with Morata, but from a consolidated work and a structure". However, the use of the Argentine coach of couples like Mandzukic-Torres or Costa-Torres was residual.
For Morata and Costa to play together, Griezmann should act as mediapunta or recall the version of Arda in which the Turk enjoyed freedom starting from one side. Without this work of assembly that Simeone believes necessary, right now it seems more likely that both play together at specific times or in certain games.