Can Coutinho help Bayern challenge for Euro glory?
Philippe Coutinho is targeting many successful years with Bayern Munich and has already stated that Champions League glory is the aim.
Question is, can he help the Bavarians deliver?
Coutinho has completed a season-long loan move to Bayern, who have the option to sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the term, and it could turn out to be a masterstroke by the German giants as they look to challenge in Europe’s elite competition once again.
Bayern last won the Champions League in the 2012/13 campaign, and although they have dominated domestically since then, they have not really gone close to lifting it since.
Another Bundesliga title will of course be a target, but Niko Kovac’s men will be hoping to at least make some improvement in Europe by going further than previous seasons.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 19, 2019
Liverpool knocked them out at the quarter-final stage last season on their way to winning their sixth European Cup, and Bayern will be looking to go beyond that if they can.
It has been a summer of change at the Allianz Arena and the plan has been to build for future success by bringing in younger, but still very talented players to take them.
It is easier said than done and it has been a frustrating time on the transfer front as they have looked to replace the old guard after Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left at the end of last season.
Moves for Manchester City forward Leroy Sane and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi have failed to materialise, but finally it looks as though have landed a player to excite the fans and help bring success to the club.
Coutinho was a revelation at Liverpool and such form convinced Barcelona to splash out £142million to get him on board.
There are no doubt a number of reasons why the move did not work out, but there is no questioning the ability of the Brazilian, and if he can get back to his best than Bayern have one of the world’s best in their ranks.
Coutinho also clearly has a point to prove. The Barcelona move was not a success and he will be keen to show the world of football that he is still one of the best, which can only be a good thing for Bayern.
It is a great deal for Bayern. If all goes well the deal will be made permanent for a fee in the region of £110million, if not he returns to Barca and Bayern move on.
Whether he can help bring Champions League glory to Bayern remains to be seen, but following a frustrating summer, it is certainly a step in the right direction.