Jun 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Spain striker Diego Costa (19) and Spain defender Jordi Alba (18) shake hands on the field against El Salvador in the second half at FedEx Field. Spain won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup 2014: Reina thinks Diego Costa won't be goaded by opponents


Spain is headed into the 2014 World Cup with a Brazilian striker leading the way in Diego Costa. Aside from some heat he could receive from the Brazilian fans, he could be goaded into confrontations by his opponents.

Costa has developed a reputation for having a short temper and has picked up an outstanding 56 bookings in the last seven league seasons. Spanish goal keeper Pepe Reina said that he doesn’t expect their opponents to stoop to such tactics.

“We shouldn’t think that players are going to go after him – they are going to respect him because he’s a spectacular player,” Reina told ASTV, via Sky Sports.

“He is prepared for everything he could face and we are all going to support him. Diego is going to give a lot to this team and I’m sure he’s going to give absolutely everything because that’s the way he plays, that’s his identity and he’s not going to change now.”

Add into the equation that Costa decided to play for Spain instead of his native Brazil.

Things are going well for me,” Costa said. “People have treated me well and in the manner I hoped. I have the support of most people who understand what has gone on.

“My parents are very happy that I am here, close to them. They support my decision.

“I needed the match with El Salvador. Now I am fine and I will have no problems for the first match.”


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