Atletico Madrid can cope without Diego Costa, says Godin

The Uruguay international has little doubt that Diego Simeone's side can deal with their star striker's absence and was pleased with Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Barcelona
Diego Godin is confident that Atletico Madrid have what it takes to cope with the absence of Diego Costa in the weeks to come.

The Spain international picked up a hamstring in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona on Tuesday and was forced to leave the pitch in the opening 45 minutes of the 1-1 draw.

The length of his expected absence is yet to be confirmed but Godin feels that Atletico have already shown that they are a force with which to be reckoned even without their star man.

"We lost Diego Costa, an important player for us, quite early and you always feel for a colleague who goes through that," he told Uefa's officialy website, "but we already knew that this group of players is capable of facing up to a challenge like that and we proved it [at Camp Nou]."

Godin voiced his satisfaction with Atleti's performance at Barca and is hopeful that they can progress to the semi-finals.

"I don't think we really suffered much in this game. We put in a monumental effort, each of us, and I'd say we did exactly what we had to do all through the match," he enthused. "This was a very complete performance.

"Taking into account that we were the away team, playing in a stadium where it's so difficult to get anything, we have to be very satisfied with this result – particularly having scored the away goal.

"It leaves the tie totally open and, while there are still 90 minutes to play, we are pleased with this."