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Squawka Scout: Why Diego Carlos is key to unlocking Sevilla’s counter-attacking success

By Squawka News

Published: 17:31, 21 August 2020

Sevilla’s Diego Carlos is one of the most physically imposing centre-backs in European football. You can watch the video at the top of the article to discover more about his strengths, weaknesses and playing style.

Predominantly left-sided, Carlos covers an impressive amount of ground for his position, complemented perfectly by his lightning pace and sharp reactions.

He suffocates space, especially around strikers playing with their back to goal, closing them down immediately to prevent a turn and killing any attacking momentum.

Diego Carlos: Quick facts

  • D.O.B: 15.03.1993
  • POSITION: Centre-back
  • NATIONALITY: Brazilian

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Diego Carlos: Trademark traits

  • STRENGTH: Athleticism
  • STRENGTH: Aerial ability
  • STRENGTH: Positioning
  • WEAKNESS: Over-aggression 

At 6’1”, the Brazilian is average height for a centre-back. But he makes up for it with acute positional instincts, athleticism and aggression.

Inside the box is Diego’s domain. A master at altering his position to out-muscle attacking players. Not just a clearance magnet, Carlos is a smooth operator with a beautifully weighted first-touch.

Calm and composed, his vision for a forward pass is key to unlocking Sevilla’s counter-attacking success.

Carlos will be charged with containing Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku in Friday night’s Europa League final – and don’t be surprised if their battle goes a long way to determining the game.