Diego Costa, striker of Atlético de Madrid, takes up the competition again under doubt, with a single goal in eight games, while his team insists on the lack of hit as a key reason for the irregularity in this campaign and he competes against his worst start of course in that regard in twelve years.
Neither in his other four rojiblanco precedents – neither in the first nor in the second stage – nor in his three years in London at Chelsea or in his passage through Valladolid and Albacete, in two of the three consecutive assignments that marked his first steps through Atlético until his definitive explosion in Europe, recorded such low productivity on the opposite goal. Only in Vigo, at the beginning of his first experience in Spanish football, in 2007.
He has matched him in this exercise, with a goal only in eight official matches, last September 25 against Mallorca at the Son Moix stadium (0-2), when he opened his team’s only victory in the last five events of the championship. Before, he lost 2-0 with Real Sociedad and drew 0-0 with Celta, the same score that currently chains against Real Madrid and Valladolid.
He did not score in any of those four games, as he had not done before in the win against Eibar (3-2) – his debut this campaign after serving a penalty match against Getafe and being low due to injury against Leganes – or in the two duels of the Champions League with Juventus (2-2) and Lokomotiv Moscow (0-2).
Not even in his two previous campaigns in his second stage at Atlético, with more low than high peaks, did he go through such figures. Last year, for example, he added three goals in the first eight games he played. Two more than now. Two years ago, when he came into play in January, he scored four goals in eight duels.
All above today, as they are, well above in some cases, their previous three years at Chelsea, with three six, three and eight goals in the first eight games in 2016-17, 2015-16 and 2014 -15, respectively, and his first time at Atlético, especially in 2013-14, when he started with ten goals at this point, but also in 2010-11 (3 goals) and in 2012-13 (2).
The same happened when he landed in January 2012 on loan at Rayo Vallecano after overcoming a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee. In his eight initial duels he accumulated six goals. Or in Valladolid, in 2009-10 (4 goals), and in Albacete (2), in 2008-09, when it was ceded by Atlético for filming.
At the same time, his goal in eight games in 2019-20 represents the worst average of his career, with a 0.125 hit by shock. Its lowest average previously in a full campaign went back to 0.20 from 2010-11 with Atlético and from 2007-08 with Celta; both slightly lower than last season, with 0.23.
The closeness of that last data, when a few months ago completed the 2018-19 exercise with just five goals in 21 games, increases the sense of doubt around Diego Costa, as do his most recent numbers: two goals in his last fifteen official matches or, if the duration is extended, three in the most recent 23.
In total, in his second stage at Atlético, he has added thirteen goals in 52 games. Six of them correspond to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where it already links six clashes without scoring any goal, although in time it is much more, eleven months; since he scored for Barcelona on November 24, 2018 at the rojiblanco stadium.
“If we have a growth in Diego Costa and Morata, we are able to really fight. We need them. They are very important,” said Diego Simeone last week in an interview with ‘El Larguero’ of the ‘BE’, while holding his confidence in both strikers, authors of two goals, one each, this season.
It is a minimum percentage within what is expected of both in the team, which has scored eleven goals in the first ten official matches this season. The other nine correspond to Joao Félix (3), Víctor Machín, ‘Vitolo’ (2), Thomas Partey (2), Stefan Savic (1) and Héctor Herrera (1), while they wait for Diego Costa.