Niko Kovac believes Philippe Coutinho has handed Bayern Munich a different “dimension” in attack after signing on loan from Barcelona.
The Brazilian’s future was cast in sombre light a short month back and now, he is being celebrated in the German capital. He put in a solid display in the opening Champions League fixture against Red Star Belgrade which the Bavarians won 3-0.
“He played a really good game and with his football intelligence, he brings another dimension to our game,” Bayern head coach Kovac told Sky in Germany. “I think we can be very happy. The team has been very focused and we scored three goals, that’s befitting.”
Goals from Kinglsey Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller saw Bayern collect all three points but it was Coutinho who was dictating the game from midfield. Finally, we saw a glimpse of the old Coutinho, the one who used to pull all the strings back in the Liverpool ranks.
Mueller came off the bench to record his 106th Champions League appearance. He said after the game, “Such game records are something for after the career, and I’m not going to give up my shoes up in the near future, so it’s not that important.”