Valencia coach Valverde: Diego Costa is better than Falcao
Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde has suggested Atlético Madrid forward Diego Costa is a more complete player than Radamel Falcao.
The 24-year-old has been in fine form for Los Che this season, scoring 15 goals in all competitions, which earned him his first international call-up for Brazil’s recent friendly draws with Italy and Russia.
Atlético host Valencia in La Liga on Sunday and Valverde has warned that Costa could prove more of a threat than his Colombian teammate.
"It seems we all know the characteristics of our opponents," said the 49-year-old coach in his pre-match press conference.
"We will try to counter Falcao and Diego Costa and the intensity of Atlético, but it is not always possible.
"Diego Costa is in great form. He can lead the team, as can Falcao, but he also has the ability to not lose the ball.
"Perhaps he is even a bit better than the Colombian."