Philippe Coutinho has given credits to his former club Bayern Munich for the way he has been developed to have a great start on return to Barcelona and in playing for his country – Brazil. The Brazilian who was previously an optional player in Barcelona before being loaned to the German club for the entire 2019-20 season believes that the opportunity he had in Bayern has made him indispensable in Barcelona since the 2020-21 La Liga season commenced.
Barcelona’s head coach Ronald Koeman has featured the 28-year-old in all three league games that the Catalans has played this season and Coutinho, so far, has one goal and an assist to his name.
During his stay at Bayern Munich, he was able to get three medals from the treble won by the club – Bundesliga, DFB Cup and the UEFA Champions League. He was involved in a total of 20 goals (both scored and assisted) in 38 appearances for the club. He was also played a part in the huge defeat (8-2) that Barcelona suffered from the Munich giants in the quarter final match; where he came in as a substitute to score two goals for the club.
Speaking about how playing for Bayern Munich has helped him, in a conversation he had with reporters after the Brazil VS Bolivia 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, Coutinho said: “At Bayern, I learnt a lot about work, because they are very intense in training. A natural consequence is the evolution in the physical part, which I’ve really had, because you work a lot and I have worked a lot.
“I already had this way of thinking, but now I have to dedicate myself three or four times more than normal to be successful.
“I have returned to Spain with a lot of desire for things to go well, and it’s also what I want in the national team.”