Douglas Costa is bedding in better and better into the Bianconeri setup with every game he plays. The Brazilian winger provided crosses, trickery, goal-scoring chances and plenty of running in Saturday’s 4-0 derby victory over Torino.
Buoyed by that win, Costa and Juventus are keen to kick on in a different competition this Wednesday when they lock horns with Olympiacos at Allianz Stadium.
Here is what Juve’s no. 11 had to say today to Sky Sport and Mediaset:
GETTING USED TO THE ITALIAN GAME
“Step by step, I’m getting to know Italian football better. From a tactical standpoint, it’s totally different to the style of play I was used to Ukraine, Germany and the Brazilian national team.
“As far as the language is concerned, I’m picking up some Italian already. It’s not too different to Portuguese or Spanish, which are languages that I’m already able to speak in the changing room with a lot of team-mates.”
WINNING IS THE MAIN THING
“At Bayern Munich, I played on the right wing, at Shakhtar Donetsk on the left, while for the national team I operate more in the centre. It’s not a problem for me. I’m ready to do my part in any position the manager decides to field me.
“I’m not worried too much about scoring myself, but rather playing well, providing plenty of assists for my team-mates and, of course, winning games.”
COMPETITION FOR PLACES IS POSITIVE
“There are lots of greats players here. Juventus are a huge club and it’s to be expected that, at this level, there’s plenty of competition for places, just like at Bayern and the Brazilian national team. That’s not a problem for me, but an extra stimulus for wanting to do well.”