Del Bosque accepts striker Costa is not a natural fit for Spain
JUN 10, 2014 8:12a ET
Vicente del Bosque has admitted that Diego Costa does not naturally fit into Spain's possession-based game, but still believes the striker can play a vital role in the World Cup.
Costa struggled to make an impact on either of his two appearances for Spain, against Italy in March and El Salvador last week, and has yet to score for La Roja, but the coach believes he adds aggression to his team's attack.
"Costa's acceleration, his work rate, will serve us well," Del Bosque said in an interview with El Mundo.
Costa, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, scored 36 goals for Atletico Madrid last season, but Del Bosque believes the fiery forward can make a difference even without finding the net.
"I don't talk just about goals..he didn't score against Italy on his debut, but he caused a lot of problems to their defence," said the coach.
"Often he won't even touch the ball but he stretches and stretches defences and has the ability to play to the limits of the offside trap. He is very valuable to us from a tactical point of view and was key to Atletico's style of play. Perhaps he wont have a key role in our build-up play, but he will be vital at finishing chances."
Spain won Euro 2012 despite playing without a natural striker, with Cesc Fabregas deployed in the 'false nine' role, and Del Bosque believes having the option of Costa, the only in-form natural striker in the squad, gives his side an extra edge.
"In football you cannot be dogmatic, just like you cannot forget what having a striker means for your team's structure," he said.
"The fact we have Costa means we are rich in alternatives, because his characteristics offer us another way of playing."