Pavard hails ‘little wizard’ Coutinho

Bayern Munich
Ivan Perisic

Benjamin Pavard has described Philippe Coutinho as a "little wizard" who will shine for Bayern Munich once he is fully fit.

The Bavarians look to have pulled off something of a coup after snapping up the Brazilian on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona.

Fellow new signing Pavard is backing him to be a big hit at the Allianz Arena.

Coutinho has had a tough time of late after his move to Barca from Liverpool failed to work out as anticipated and he now has a point to prove to his doubters.

Pavard, who arrived from Stuttgart in the summer, believes he will do just that and cannot wait to see him in full flow once he has got his match sharpness back.

“It’s very hard to get him off the ball. He’s not 100 per cent yet – he probably needs some more games because he joined the team very late,” he said.

“But I’m sure, in a few weeks, we will see the world-class footballer Coutinho.

“Of course [he can make the difference]. I now know him from a few training sessions and I have no doubt about that. He has incredible quality and will show it to everyone.”

Bayern are back in action after the international break when they take on table-toppers RB Leipzig this weekend and Coutinho is set to play some part.

Leipzig have played three and won three, while Bayern are in second spot after winning two and drawing one of their opening three games.