Like most Bayern Munich players, Philippe Coutinho appeared to be a bit tired at the end of the team’s mid-season camp in Doha, Qatar. However, AZ observed that the Brazilian’s technical abilities still stood out in training. Coutinho appears to be motivated to do something that he has not be able to yet: win the Champions League. When he was asked about the upcoming clash with Chelsea, he said,
In the Round of 16 and on it doesn’t matter who the favorite is going into the games. The level is very high, the games are tight and complicated. We want to give our best, survive to the next round, and at the end win the Champions League, naturally. I think we have the quality in the roster to do so.
As Bayern continues to fight on three fronts — the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, and the Champions League — Coutinho thinks that the Bavarians are being led by the right guy. It seems that the Brazilian has a very good relationship with coach Hansi Flick. He told AZ that,
Hansi Flick is a very good coach. He is very open and speaks often with the players. Flick is doing his part to make sure that we have have a good atmosphere. And when you have fun, it is a lot easier to get a job done — in practices and in games.
Coutinho goes even further on his relationship with Flick and says that he could see them working together for a long time. As many players have done, he has given his seal of approval for Flick to remain coach after this season. He said,
Flick does his thing excellently. He has the potential to be the coach at Bayern longer, even after this summer. Really every single of us players is happy with him, so why not? But this decision lays of course with the club bosses.
With a motivated Coutinho and a happy Bayern club, Hansi Flick could very well lead this team to greatness in the next few months. You would think that a treble would be enough to remove the interim tag from his title, especially with so much support from seemingly every player.