On his debut in the Federal Football League for the Bavarian Record Champion of Munich, Philippe Coutinho impressed mainly goalie Robert Lewandowski.
“He is a legend,” said Brazilian newcomer after his premiere for the Munich in the second half of the 3:0 (1:0) at Schalke 04: “I am only three, four days here, but I have already seen his quality in training.”
Lewandowski had the game with three goals (20./Foulelfmeter, 50. and 75.) decided on its own and with the first season victory in the second start prevents a miscarriage of the title defender. With his first Bundesliga deployment after the change in the 57. Minute was Coutinho’very happy. We won the game, it was a very nice evening”.
The Bavarians first lent the 27-year-old from FC Barcelona for a year for 8,5 million euro and a purchase option for 120 million euro. Only on Tuesday he had trained for the first time in Munich.
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Trainer Niko Kovac was “extremely satisfied with the Brazilian premiere”. After the brief preparation for attending the Copa America, one could “not expect him to play high level already,” Kovac said, “one could see what skills he has at the ball. When he reaches the fitness level like the others, I am convinced that he can help us a lot.”