Robert Lewandowski has said Philippe Coutinho’s “insane” ability has made Bayern Munich a more dangerous attacking outfit.
Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan from Barcelona earlier this month, and the German club has an option to buy the Brazilian next summer.
How did Coutinho fare on his Bayern debut? Five key things to know…
- Coutinho was on the Bayern bench for the first time against Schalke on Saturday.
- The midfielder came on as a substitute in the 57th minute.
- Lewandowski had already given Bayern a two-goal lead.
- The Poland international added a third with 15 minutes to go.
- Coutinho completed 25 of his 28 passes during his time on the pitch.
He made his Bayern debut in a victory over Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday, coming off the bench before Lewandowski completed a hat-trick in the 3-0 win.
And Lewandowski, who has scored five goals in two matches already this season, believes Coutinho’s will help Bayern in big games as they look to reach the latter stages of the Champions League.
“His [Coutinho’s] final ball is insane, he can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League,” Lewandowski said.
“He can give us that something special. It makes us more unpredictable [with Coutinho in the team], which makes us more dangerous.”
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Bayern have better players than Dortmund – Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund came close to ending Bayern’s seven-year reign as Bundesliga champions last season but ultimately fell short in the title race.
And despite the fact Dortmund have made a number of high-quality additions to their squad this summer, Lewandowski believes Bayern have more stars than their main rivals once again this term.
The striker said: “Dortmund did a lot [in the summer window], they have a big squad. But in the end it’s not about quantity, but about quality. And from that point of view it’s clear to me that we have the players of higher quality.”
Lewandowski also suggested he is close to agreeing a new contract with Bayern, adding: “From my point of view there are only details left to clarify [regarding a contract extension].
“Maybe I can even reach the 300-goal mark in the Bundesliga. I would like to play another five, six years at the top level.”