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Published on June 17th, 2017 | by BrazilStats

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Why Juventus is the perfect fit for flying winger Douglas Costa

A tough season at Bayern Munich has seen Douglas Costa and the German club looking for a new home for the Brazilian. And Juve could be the perfect fit

Douglas Costa is on the verge of joining Serie A giants Juventus, following a spell full of ups and downs with German champions Bayern Munich. In his first season under Pep Guardiola, the Brazilian surpassed all expectations. But since the Spaniard’s departure, Costa has had a tough life in Bavaria with new manager Carlo Ancelotti taking command.

Douglas Costa has shown some world class moments at Bayern, but was never able to deliver such performances for a consistent run of games. His second season has been quite disappointing, as the midfielder ended it as a bench-warmer – something the Brazilian had never experienced with Guardiola, even when Arjen Robben and Frank Ribéry were fit. The downfall is big, and it is no doubt for the sake of both sides that a decision has been made to part ways. And who better as the club to relaunch a career than Juventus?

The Italian side has proved over the past few years to be very successful in getting the best out of their marquee signings, and to help them rediscover their best form. This is the case with the likes of Sami Khedira and Mario Mandžukić who were all out of favor at their clubs, but were able to help Juventus reach the Champions League final with strong performances throughout the flow of the tournament.

Italian tactician Massimiliano Allegri was the figure who asked the club to sign the Brazilian. When such a knowledgeable coach values you as much, it is hard – and perhaps dumb – to reject the opportunity. By putting his faith in Allegri, and vice versa, Costa is set to experience life in Serie A, where the tempo of the game is relatively slower, which will allow him to out-pace opponents on the flanks as well as during counter-attacks, and cross the ball to a fixed target man, in Gonzalo Higuain.

Footballing-wise, Ancelotti’s system at Bayern had no longer been ideal to get the best out of Douglas. With compatriot Alex Sandro delivering long runs down the left-hand side, the two Brazilians can form one of the deadliest duos in Italian football by combining bursts of pace with their skills, physicality and dribbling.

In World Cup season, it is fundamental for Costa to play regular football. If not from the left, then his versatility would also allow him to play on the right, where he would compete with Colombia international Juan Cuadrado. Either way, Douglas is set to get a lot of playing time, as Juventus always do whatever it takes, to optimize the chances of their new signings to succeed. If the Brazilian can rediscover his best form and produce performances reminiscent of his time with Pep Guardiola, then he will no doubt be a favorable option for the FIFA World Cup.

Brazil has quality and depth in the wingers department, from Willian, Douglas Costa, Lucas Moura, Felipe Anderson, to Neymar, Dudu, Taison and others. If the soon-to-be Juventus man wants to break into Tite’s plans, he will have to earn it with a strong season in Italy. In my opinion, the 26-year old has all what it takes to succeed, especially as he gets over his injury woes.

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