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Sporting CP defender Piccini: Diego Costa acts as Atletico Madrid's first defender

Sporting CP defender Cristiano Piccini is up for tonight's clash with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

Sporting and Atletico meet in the first-leg of their Europa League quarterfinal tie, with Piccini's clash against Costa a key duel.

The Italian said, "I know that their defence is impressive, it's very difficult to score against, they have good numbers.

"And above all, they have unpredictable players with a goal in them. And now there is Costa, who, apart from being a forward, is also the first defender, he does not stop working ... But we have worked on everything and we are ready."

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