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Ederson: Coutinho makes Bayern a Champions League threat

Philippe Coutinho, Bayern Munich
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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson reckons they will face stiff competition from Bayern Munich in the Champions League thanks to Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho completed a season-long loan deal to Bayern last month, with an option to make it permanent next summer. Naturally, the club supporters have warmly welcomed the Barcelona playmaker’s arrival.

The 27-year-old is keen to impress at the Allianz Arena after his disastrous stint at Camp Nou. Simply put, he couldn’t repeat his Liverpool performances and struggled to break into Ernesto Valverde’s line-up.

Fortunately, Coutinho’s Bayern career has got off to a bright start with 100 minutes of football already under his belt. His new team-mates have already lavished him with loads of praise, with even Robert Lewandowski expecting great things. 

The Bavarian goal machine, in fact, reckons Coutinho’s presence can make the club more “dangerous” and “unpredictable” in the Champions League.

And now the playmaker’s Brazil team-mate Ederson has agreed on Lewandowski’s assessment.

“Bayern is always a great team. Now with Coutinho they definitely belong among the title favourites for the Champions League,” the City number one told Bild.

“Coutinho is a brilliant player. Unfortunately, it did not go as well for him in Barcelona as it was in Liverpool.

“At Bayern, he can now show his football again and be really happy again.”

Likewise, Coutinho is also feeling optimistic over what he can achieve at Bayern given the strength of the current squad.

“There are a lot of good players, top players and great players [here],” said the 27-year-old before the international break.

“I’m really happy to be here so that I can learn from them and get better.”

Coutinho, who played 80 minutes in Brazil’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday morning, is preparing for the nation’s final fixture against Peru on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

He will then return to Germany for Bayern’s match against Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig on September 14.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 22: Philippe Coutinho of Brazil kicks the ball during the Copa America Brazil 2019 group A match between Peru and Brazil at Arena Corinthians on June 22, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)