Lucescu: Douglas Costa Not On Robben Or Ribery’s Level

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I can’t say this man is hating on his former ward, but I see no reason for him to dress him down in public. Shakhtar Donetsk boss, Mircea Lucescu has said his former player, Douglas Costa will find it hard to break into the first team at Bayern.

Bayern signed the 24-year-old for €30 million to bolster their options in attack after Robben and Ribery’s injury-hit seasons contributed to Bayern’s defeats in the Champions League and DFB-Pokal semi-finals.

Lucescu said the Brazilian is not as good as Robben or Ribery and cannot replace them at the Allianz Arena.

“I don’t think Douglas is good enough to start for Bayern yet,” the 69-year-old told Bild.

“Ribery and Robben are still on a different plain. But Douglas is can grow further there and still make it.

“He has the quality, but the Bundesliga is at a different level [compared to the Ukrainian Premier League].”



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