FC Bayern München star Douglas Costa has hailed Pep Guardiola as "the best coach in the world" and described the Bundesliga champions as "the biggest club in the world".
“I learn something new every single day working with Pep Guardiola,” the Brazilian winger told German TV channel Sport1. “He is the best coach in the world. Communication with him is excellent and he has been brilliant from the first minute I arrived. It’s great to be able to work with him.”
'Very well received'
Costa, who is unlikely to feature in Matchday 15’s headline encounter at Borussia Mönchengladbach due to an injury, has made quite the impact at the German record champions since joining from FC Shakhtar Donetsk last summer.
“I’ve been very well received at Bayern by the fans, by the other players and by the whole club,” Costa added. “After a short period, I think everyone has seen what potential I have to make an impact here at Bayern, and feeling all that combined means that I’m confident enough to be playing as I am at the moment.”
'Müller's a matador'
Despite his success since arriving, embellished by two Bundesliga goals, seven league assists and a further two strikes in the UEFA Champions League, Costa sees no rivalry among the multitude of stars at the record champions. “There’s no competition between players at all when you’re out on the pitch,” Costa said. “I’ve never seen as good a team spirit as there is here. Whether Thomas [Müller], Franck [Ribery] or I play, the only thing that counts is that the team is successful. Bayern is the biggest club in the world and has so many good players.”
One of Bayern’s stars to make a particular impression on the Brazilian, however, has been Müller. “He’s a matador,” said Costa, laughing. “Can you say that? Anyway, he always scores, he always set up goals and he’s a free spirit. He’s a really creative player and a great guy to have around.”
It has all proved quite a contrast to life in Ukraine with his previous club. “I felt very comfortable at Shakhtar but the differences between here and there in terms of sporting aims are unbelievable. I’ve learned more in five months at Bayern than I did in five years in Ukraine. It’s surreal.”
It is going swimmingly for Costa off the field in Munich, as well. “I certainly haven’t had a problem with the weather at all! It was a lot colder in Ukraine. In Germany, in Munich, I feel very happy. Of course, Brazilians are a little bit different in terms of personality, but that warmth, that love of life which every Brazilian has I notice a little bit here too. The people in Munich are fantastic. The Oktoberfest in particular was such an eye-opener. It was a brilliant new experience.”