ATLETICO MADRID, Simeone: "VIETTO needs to leave and be allowed to thrive"

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring Atleitco Madrid's third goal against Lleida on Wednesday

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring Atleitco Madrid's third goal against Lleida on Wednesday

I'm really happy to feel like a footballer again and play once more with Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea agreed to sell Costa, 29, back to Atletico in September, although he was not cleared to play until January.

With Atleti already 2-0 up thanks to strikes from Diego Godin and Fernando Torres, Juanfran squared a ball across goal before Costa converted with a clever flick.

'I could not have asked for anything more on my second debut, to be back playing again and to have scored a goal is fantastic'. They are two players with status, and I hope they can reach their best form as soon as possible.

The Brazil-born Spain worldwide appeared to hurt his right knee in scoring, and received lengthy treatment on the sidelines, although he played on to see another sub, Antoine Griezmann, finished the scoring with a deflected free kick in added time.

Vietto, who failed to score in 10 games this season for Atletico, had found himself relegated down the pecking order there after Diego Costa's return to the club from Chelsea.

"His departure annoys me because his performances haven't been accompanied by goals in a team that doesn't wait". He brings speed, strength and physicality, which is what we expected of him.

He was the Stamford Bridge club's top scorer with 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea won the title last season, before being sensationally frozen out by manager Antonio Conte in the summer. "The team did well in a tough game, which is what makes me happiest".

The second leg against third-tier Lleida Esportiu is on Tuesday, with Atletico hosting Getafe in the league on Saturday.

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