In this week’s edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we analyze Diego Costa’s movement and pressing, as well as Stoke City’s defensive tactics against Manchester City.
Costa does three things really well. He presses, he uses his speed, and he finishes. He’s as old school as center forwards come and as simple as a combination of Brazilian, Portuguese and Spanish soccer coaches make them.
There’s not much to preface analyzing Costa’s style, besides noting that he won’t be slaloming through five or six players. Instead of being fancy, he’ll simply run by one or two and let the ball do…