Atletico breeze into Copa del Rey quarters

In his third game since returning to Madrid Costa helped Atletico progress in the Copa del Rey

The Spain global has featured three times since becoming eligible to play for Atletico. He was signed by Atletico last offseason but couldn't play until now because the Spanish club was temporarily banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association from registering new players.

Atletico Madrid cruise into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey thanks to a 3-0 second-leg victory over Lleida on Tuesday night for a 7-0 win on aggregate.

Simeone fielded a strong side last week in Catalonia against out-of-form third-tier opposition and the result will allow his to make plenty of changes to the starting eleven at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Simeone added: "I have no doubt that Costa has been the most important player who has come to Atletico in recent years".

Fernando Torres and Diego Costa are also expected to start for Atletico Madrid as well.

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Vitolo was making his second appearance for Atletico since returning from a loan to Las Palmas.

And he scored a volley against Lleida, his first goal for his new side following his move from Sevilla.

With such a convincing first leg lead, Simeone is likely to rest the majority of his first team for the upcoming league game at Eibar.

"He looks up, controls well, turns well, has a good transition to attack from the outside or inside, and he will have to continue taking advantage of the minutes on the pitch when the team needs him".

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