Benatia: Costa can make the difference

Bayern München defender Mehdi Benatia is delighted by the start to the new Bundesliga season, and especially impressed with new signing Douglas Costa.

FCB started their title defence in dominant style with a 5-0 thrashing of Hamburger SV, in which the Moroccan centre-back scored the first goal of the 2015/16 campaign.

"I didn't realise that at the time," he said of that little piece of trivia. "It's a nice story. Hamburg stood firm at the back and wanted to keep it at 0-0 for as long as possible, and we had problems creating chances.

"If you're having trouble being a threat in the opposition's half, you have to have a go from set pieces. This time it worked for us. I just benefited from a great free kick from Xabi Alonso. He struck it really well and I was able to head it in."

The former Roma defender also praised new teammate Douglas Costa, who recently signed from Shakhtar Donetsk and contributed a goal and an assist in his Bundesliga debut against Hamburg SV.

"Firstly, Douglas Costa has managed to integrate himself at FC Bayern in record time," Benatia added. "He's still very young and has so much unbelievable potential. You can always sense his passion for the game.

"His freshness and his qualities make us better. We needed his qualities because we found out last season that we didn't have any alternatives to Franck (Ribery) or Arjen (Robben) whenever one of them was missing.

"With his pace and high tempo, he can decide a game on his own. With him, Franck, Arjen, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski, we've got fantastic potential in attack."

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