Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard hailed the quality of his new teammate Philippe Coutinho, but says the Brazilian still isn’t at 100 per cent as he gets used to life in Bavaria.
Like Pavard, who joined from Stuttgart, Coutinho is in his first season at the Allianz Arena following his season-long loan move from Barcelona.
He has so far played twice for his new club, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win at Schalke before starting and playing for 67 minutes in a 6-1 victory over Mainz.
Coutinho played for Brazil during their victorious Copa America tournament in the summer, and as a result came back to Barcelona’s pre-season training a little later than many of his teammates.
The former Liverpool man also had to contend with mounting speculation surrounding his future, but while admitting he hasn’t quite hit full speed just yet, Pavard is sure that it won’t be long before Bayern fans start seeing the best of their new No.10.
When asked to describe his new teammate by Sky Sport in Germany, Pavard said, via Goal.com : “A little wizard! He is very discreet and really personable. First of all, a really fine guy. And of course a very good footballer.
“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.
“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 go to early season table-toppers RB Leipzig when the Bundesliga returns on Saturday.