Elber: Douglas Costa Can Replace Ribery

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Talk of how one man’s downfall is another man’s come up, Elber says his compatriot Douglas Costa has taken his shot in replacing Ribery at Bayern.

Douglas Costa moved to Bayern from Shakhtar Donetsk and has enjoyed constant playing time due to the absence of Ribery.

And Elbee feels he has the ability to replace Ribery at Bayern Munich.

Friendship“He has taken over the role in Franck’s absence and performed very well,” Elber said. “For Ribery it will be hard to push back to the starting lineup. But I hope he will come back soon. He will be important for the team in such a long season.

“Douglas Costa must learn from Ribery and Robben. He is a young player and the other two are strong professionals.”

His form has seen him emerge as a regular starter for Brazil under coach Dunga following a meteoric rise from relative obscurity.

“Before nobody knew him in Brazil. Now he is in focus because he plays for Bayern,” Elber continued.

“Before he moved to Shakhtar [from Gremio], he hardly made any headlines. In the Ukraine he made a name for himself. I am pleased that he is showing what he is really capable of at Bayern.

“A Bayern player must have a lot of quality. He is now being mentioned in the same breath as Neymar and should help him in the future.”



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