Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has backed Chelsea striker Diego Costa to end his goal-scoring woes sooner rather than later.
Despite a 2-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday that lifted the Spaniards above their rivals and moved them top of Group C, Del Bosque was asked about his misfiring striker.
Costa has now scored just one goal in eight games since deciding to play for La Roja, while the 26-year-old has only found the net once for Chelsea this season.
However, Del Bosque is confident that he will find his form and has backed him to find the net with greater consistency for both club and country in the near future.
“Of course I would like him to score but he did some good work,” Del Bosque told reporters at his post-match news conference.
“Against a team playing so defensively the player who has the most difficult job is the one in his position.
“He moved well, he kept the defenders busy. We have to be patient. A lot of the time when he gets the ball he has his back to goal.”
Neither Del Bosque nor Jose Mourinho are likely to drop the former Atletico Madrid man anytime soon, so it will be down to Costa to regain his form and help his club in particular get out of a slump in form.