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Simeone: Costa Has Helped Griezmann Improve

Diego Simeone is glad the addition of Diego Costa in January is paying off, as he believes his addition has had a positive impact on Griezmann.

The France international is in the form of his life, following his hattrick in the 5-2 win over Sevilla, with four goals in the 4-0 thumping of Leganes.

Atletico are now four points behind Barcelona, who have a game in hand. And Simeone has hailed Costa and the improvement Griezmann has experienced since his arrival.

“The season until December had been very good for the team,” Simeone told a post-match news conference.

“Costa’s presence not only improved Griezmann’s moment, but that of the team. For his tenacity, courage and what he transmits to the team.

“The team is in a good moment, and from humility we go match by match as always.

“The moment is good for the team, we need to focus on continuing to improve as a team. The team was more forceful than in Sevilla at the end of the game [where Atleti conceded two late goals] – that speaks of an improvement.

“Now to prepare the Barcelona match in the best way, against a rival who has never lost. It’s a nice challenge.”

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