LaLiga: Jaume Costa answers Marcelino’s SOS call
With Jose Gaya suspended and no other stand-out option at left-back, Jaume Costa was the perfect player to step into the role against Real Sociedad.
Costa spent three years working with Marcelino at Villarreal, playing a total of 9,515 minutes in 117 games under the Spanish coach between 2013 and 2016.
The defender lasted the first 82 minutes in the 1-1 draw with La Real at Mestalla on Saturday as he answered his boss’s SOS call.
“I spent three seasons [with Marcelino at Villarreal], the boss and I knew that it was going to be difficult for me to finish the match and be good defensively and offensively,” Costa said.
“I tried to focus on defending. He’ll do the attacking. It was fundamental in defence.”
Now, a decade later, he’s back at Mestalla on loan from Villarreal and is able to step in whenever Marcelino needs him.