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Friday 9 December 2016

Bayern Munich Douglas Costa: I'll keep on showboating - even if opponents try to injury me

Bayer Leverkusen's Kyriakos Papadopolos (L) and Jonathan Tah tackle Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Munich, Germany August 29, 2015
Bayer Leverkusen's Kyriakos Papadopolos (L) and Jonathan Tah tackle Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa during their German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Munich, Germany August 29, 2015

Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa does not understand what all the fuss is about after his showboating in a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen last weekend.

The Brazilian flicked the ball over his and Julian Brandt's head towards the end of another comfortable win for the Bavarians, but he was reprimanded by his own team-mate Arjen Robben.

"I told him not to do that kind of thing here because if you do, there's a chance you might get kicked," Robben said, suggesting that Costa was ridiculing his opponents and that it was an unnecessary provocation which could result in an injury.

While Douglas Costa says he respects Robben's opinion, and understands where he is coming from, he also says it is just part of his game and he will not change it.

"If I get the chance, then I will do it again," Costa said at a press conference while on international duty with Brazil. "I'm not going to change my style of play because it might bother some people.

"That is just the way we Brazilians are."

The 24-year-old has had a positive impact in Germany since joining Bayern in the summer with one goal and four assists in his first three Bundesliga outings.

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