TORINO – "I was in a playmaker position and I struggled to find space. So, speaking also with Bonucci and Dybala, I told myself that I could move to the left". They are the words of Douglas Costa in an interview with Sky Sport on decisive goal in the Champions League in the challenge between Lokomotiv Moscow is Juventus. The Brazilian, who came in from the bench, scored in the final of the match the network of victory and qualification for the Champions League knockout rounds. A fantastic goal, told this way by the author: "When I skipped the two defenders I saw that I had room to point towards the center, Higuain was clever to give me that ball with the heel, then I managed to stay cool and score. It was a very nice action, thanks also to Higuain. It's the best goal of my career. I'm not used to taking off my shirt after a goal, but it was a moment of liberation. " The dedication goes to his girlfriend Natalhia: "He is an important person for me, he helped me in a difficult moment and I rewarded her with a goal but I will continue to give her roses as well".
Douglas Costa on racism, Balotelli and Paqueta
"The people who commit these acts can be identified, they don't deserve to exult for a goal, because football is a show, brings joy and is not compatible with these events". Thus Douglas Costa on the plague of racism in the world of football. The Brazilian also spoke of Balotelli: "Mario writes me messages every now and again, I thank him for the compliments. He likes the play, the technical quality and therefore the Brazilian game. For what happened to him I can say that racism has existed for a very long time, I understand it well, for my skin and I totally fight against it because I think we are all the same and with our families we defend our principles". On Paqueta: "I know him and he is an important player, I appreciated him in the national team, he has excellent qualities; certainly football in Europe is very different from Brazil, from the point of view of aggression and I believe that having time will prove its worth, because it is young and has the will to demonstrate what it is worth and I believe that with a little time I can bring out its quality ".
Douglas Costa on the pitch and Milan
The bianconero then dwelt on his position in the field: "This is nothing new, but I haven't played as a playmaker for a long time. I did it in the past, but in a line-up with 4-2-3-1, there's another kind of line-up here. I have to leave room for midfielders, like Matuidi, or those who create games like Bentancur or Pjanic and at the same time be close to those in front, such as Dybala or Higuain, the central striker, then I have to change pace in that area and create the conditions to give numerical superiority and make the teammates score". The Brazilian then projected himself to the great challenge with the Milan: "It is clear that the Milan of the past was a phenomenal team, that won everything, as for example if we make comparisons we can also say about the Brazilian selection, which in the past had all phenomena in the team. But I think Milan is still a good team and deserves great respect".
Uefa awards Douglas Costa: best goal of the round
In addition, Douglas Costa's goal was rewarded by the Uefa as the best goal of the fourth round of the group stage of Champions League. The Brazilian decided the challenge of Moscow between Lokomotiv and Juve in the last minutes with a fantastic slalom between the Russian defenders and a clever conclusion after the assist of Higuain. UEFA has decided to reward the Juventus player and dedicate a post to him on social networks: Douglas Costa "wins the gold".
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 8, 2019