Simeone went on to insist Atletico will come back stronger despite Costa being the latest in a long line of top strikers leaving the club.
But the former Argentine hard-man did take a slight dig at Costa’s decision to choose Spain over Brazil prior to the World Cup.
”Costa could have played for Brazil at this tournament, but he chose Spain instead,” Simeone told Goal.com.
”Brazil’s strikers have taken some criticism, but I believe their front three are doing a good job.
”Although they haven’t been able to produce their finest football so far in this competition, they remain very dangerous and as the World Cup goes on, the forwards will benefit from having played more time together. There are also likely to be more spaces available from now on and that will help them too.
”So there may be no Diego Costa for Brazil, but the side’s forwards all work hard and there’s plenty of power and quality in their front three. As the team improves, I’m sure they’ll come good.”