Diego Costa says Atletico Madrid knew that they would beat AC MilanThe 25-year-old already has 27 goals to his name this season
According to the naturalised Spaniard, Wednesday's game panned out as Atletico predicted.
Diego Costa scored the winning goal in Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday night.
After the game the Brazilian-born striker said that Atletico knew they would win if they gave their all.
The 25-year-old also labelled Thibaut Courtois one of the best goalkeepers on the planet after he pulled off a string of saves to keep the Italian side at bay.
"Courtois is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he knows it," Costa told Uefa.com.
"With a goalkeeper like him, we feel more secure. We know this is not finished yet, though. It was a good result but Milan are a great side and anything can happen."
"We’re not going to be over-confident. After our run of defeats people lost faith but we’ve shown how strong we are. We knew we’d have to withstand pressure and be decisive when it mattered."
"Our best virtue is the bond of the team. We knew that with hard work we could get a result."
Atletico will face Clarence Seedorf's side in the second leg at the Vicente Calderon on March 11.