Douglas Costa, King of Duel One on One
Douglas Costa has a quality that is hard to find from other players, especially when dribbling. He can be one of the five best wingers of the world, “said Josep Guardiola Classic Games Sbobet.
The narrative came out of Guardiola’s mouth when Bayern Munich completed the Costa transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2015.
As said Guardiola, Costa does look special when the ball is at his feet. He often “danced” to get past the opponent.
Evidently, Costa became the player who most conquered the opponent in a one-on-one duel in two seasons with his career team Die Roten’s beralias.
This quality will be very useful for Juventus, who recently completed the lending Costa from Bayern Munich on Wednesday (07/12/2017).
With Massimiliano Allegri’s 4-2-3-1 mainstay formation, defending champions Serie A, Italy’s first league caste, are still lacking the wingspan option. They only have Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic, and Marko Pjaca in the 2016-2017 season.
Mandzukic is not a player with a special ball slider. The fitness and maturity of Pjaca is still in doubt. Practically, only Cuadrado, plus Paulo Dybala as trequartista, can be relied upon to break the deadlock through a one-on-one duel.
Compared to Cuadrado and Dybala, Costa also looks more prominent in dribbling. Just look at the comparison of his third performance in the league last season.
A statistical comparison between Douglas Costa and Juventus players in the attack line. (SQUAWKA)
With a minimum of play minutes from Carlo Ancelotti, Costa still showed the quantity of the ball slopes quite high, although it must be admitted that Dybala more effectively percease percentage.
Not just dribble, Costa can also be relied upon to convert opportunities. This quality is recognized Mircea Lucescu, his coach when playing for Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Costa combined speed when dribbling with a deadly shot from both legs,” said the Romanian figure.
Not to mention weighing the European mentality that Costa has owned since uniformed Shakhtar. He recorded 56 matches in the Champions League.
That number left Costa ahead of Dybala, Pjaca and Cuadrado, who received a red card in the final against Real Madrid last season.
On that basis, Lucescu concluded, “Costa is a great recruit for Juventus.”