Robert Lewandowski Says Philippe Coutinho Will Add 'Something Special' to Bayern

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2019

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 20: Philippe Coutinho of FC Bayern Muenchen and Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Muenchen look on during a Bayern Muenchen training session at training grounds on the Saebener Strasse on March 20, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski thinks new signing Philippe Coutinho can add "something special" to the team this season.

Coutinho completed a loan move from Barcelona last week, and he'll aim to reignite his career having struggled at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian became the Blaugrana's record signing in January 2018, when he joined the club from Liverpool for a reported £142 million.

Speaking to Sport Bild (h/t Elliott Bretland of Goal), Lewandowski said he's excited by the acquisition and he expects Coutinho to decide some big games for the team: "His final ball is insane, he can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League. He can give us that something special. It makes us more unpredictable, which makes us more dangerous."

The Poland international added: "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."

Barcelona confirmed that Bayern will pay around €8.5 million (£7.7 million) to take the midfielder on loan for the campaign and the German champions can make the deal permanent for a fee of €120 million (£109 million).

Although Coutinho didn't reach the levels many anticipated he would at Barcelona, his record was impressive in terms of productivity:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Philippe Coutinho's record with Barcelona: • 75 games • 21 goals • 11 assists • 4 trophies Can he rediscover his form with Bayern Munich? https://t.co/CFKVY2OBbK

WhoScored.com also noted the Blaugrana's record was better when the former Liverpool and Inter Milan man was in the side:

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Barcelona with and without Coutinho starting in LaLiga For more player stats -- https://t.co/UklSKJ0274 https://t.co/uW8CrxorV4

Coutinho made his first appearance for his new club on Saturday when he came off the bench to help Bayern secure a 3-0 win away at Schalke. During his 33-minute cameo, there were some bright moments from the midfielder as he helped Bayern see out a routine win.

The star on the day was Lewandowski, though, as he netted a hat-trick. After two goals in Week 1 of the season against Hertha Berlin, he has already amassed five strikes in two top-flight matches.

The pick of the goals against Schalke was an excellent free-kick:

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Was there ever any doubt? 😏 Perfection from Robert Lewandowski! ⚡️ He has scored against Schalke in a NINTH successive game 😳 https://t.co/2BkKkgSmEn

Coutinho had high praise for the striker after yet another show of potency in front of goal:

Archie Rhind-Tutt @archiert1

“He’s a legend.” After Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick at Schalke, new team-mate Philippe Coutinho told us on @FOXSoccer about his first impressions of him. https://t.co/82AtUPojUY

Cristian Nyari of FC Bayern Media said Lewandowski should be considered among the best players in the game at the moment:

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It's time to include Lewandowski in the conversation for best players in the world. Unreal.

Bayern lost Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez at the end of the previous season, so it was imperative they added some creativity to their midfield positions. If he can rediscover his form, Coutinho can help fill that void, whether it be operating from the left flank or in support of the centre-forward as a No. 10.

His inventiveness in possession and ability to shoot from distance are likely to give Bayern another dimension. Ominously for the rest of the Bundesliga, Coutinho's creative influence also means there's every chance of Lewandowski becoming even more of a goal threat in the coming months.