Philippe Coutinho wants to make the most of the chances he’s afforded at Barcelona.The Brazilian joined Barcelona for 120 million euros, plus a further 40 million euros in add-ons, in January 2018 but failed to establish himself at the Camp Nou, which led to him leaving the club in the summer of 2019 as he match the switch to Bayern Munich on a season-long loan.
In Germany, Coutinho was able to rediscover his confidence, even if he wasn’t a starter every week, as Bayern went on to win the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. Now, back in Catalonia, the playmaker has earned the trust of new coach Ronald Koeman and has started each of Barcelona’s first three league games.
In fact, Coutinho has had such an influence in all three matches that he has contributed at least one goal per game, recording an assist against Villarreal and Celta Vigo, and then opening his account for the season in the 1-1 draw against Sevilla last Sunday.
“I returned to Spain with lots of hunger [to do well],” Coutinho said while on international duty in Brazil. “I want to take advantage of all the opportunities that I get at Barcelona and with the national team.” Coutinho scored during Brazil’s 5-0 win over Bolivia on Friday night as the Selecao started their World Cup qualifying campaign on the right foot.
On Tuesday night, Tite’s side will travel to Lima to take on Peru in their second qualifier for Qatar 2022. “It will definitely be a tough game, like all the qualifiers [in South America],” Coutinho added. Once the international break is over, the 28-year-old will return to Barcelona ahead of their match away to Getafe in LaLiga Santander before the Blaugrana take on Ferencvaros at home in their first Champions League game of the season.