Philippe Coutinho’s introduction to Bundesliga gave us a glimpse of what fans of Bayern Munich and the league look forward to this season. He entered the action midway through the second half of Saturday’s 3-0 win at Schalke, and it was clear that he enjoyed his first competitive action this season, making runs into the box, setting up attacks and playing once again with a smile on his face.
“I’m very happy to play my first 30 minutes, It was amazing. I had been looking forward to my first game and the stadium was full with a good atmosphere. I’m really happy to be in this league.” He told reporters at full time at Schalke’s Veltins Arena.
“I want to improve this because I know it’s very intense here.”
“He’s had two or three training sessions now and a brief appearance today. He’s definitely a player who likes to play with the ball. We’ll have to see how he is when we don’t have the ball, but he wants to work. Of course that’s a great signal. We’ve seen him on the ball a few times today and it’s just fun to watch him.” Manuel Neuer on “The Little Magician” as Coutinho has become known.
“He’s a really nice guy and an even better footballer. In the past ten years, we’ve seen that he’s had a lot of good seasons with Liverpool and Barcelona and I think he’ll help us a lot this season.” Ivan Perisic.
Bayern Munich already trail Dortmund in the title race and have their eyes trained on Champions League this term.
“This is a big club and we are going to fight for everything. The Champions League is an objective for the team and for me,” said Coutinho.
The Brazil international can now concentrate on stepping up his fitness, making himself a regular in Niko Kovac’s team and providing more ammunition for hat-trick hero Robert Lewandowski.