'Mandzukic reminds me of Falcao'

Alvaro Dominguez, the former Atletico defender, believes the Croatian will prove a big hit at Vicente Calderon in the coming season after signing from Bayern Munich
Former Atletico Madrid defender Alvaro Dominguez has compared the club's new signing Mario Mandzukic to his old team-mate, prolific forward Radamel Falcao.

Dominguez, who played for Atletico between 2008 and 2012 alongside Falcao and has faced Mandzukic in the Bundesliga, predicts the Croatian will be a perfect fit for the Spanish league champions following his move from Bayern Munich to replace Diego Costa.

"For me Mandzukic is a natural striker and a little old-fashioned. He's very dangerous in the penalty area," said Dominguez to Mundo Deportivo.

"You can't expect a player like Diego Costa because they aren't the same. Costa ate goals. In this sense Mandzukic reminds me more of Radamel Falcao, more of a predator in the area.

"I think Atletico has a hit with this signing, especially if they surround him with players who will create, something I don't think will be a problem with Arda Turan, Koke and Raul Garcia.

"From what I saw in Germany I found him very complete. I couldn't emphasise one aspect over another. He's big but has good speed, holds the ball well, plays for second balls and has great anticipation in the area."

Dominguez believes Mandzukic will need time to adjust to his new surroundings but is fully confident there is enough quality in the side to allow him to flourish in front of goal.

"I think every player has to go through an adjustment period but it points to something good," said the 25-year-old, now playing for Borussia Monchengladbach.

"If he has quality people with him, he'll score lots of goals."