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Kovac to assess Coutinho before crunch RB Leipzig clash


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12 Sep 2019, 18:36 IST
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Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho

Niko Kovac will not be keen to take any dangers with Philippe Coutinho and can assess the Bayern Munich star’s situation when he returns from worldwide responsibility forward of dealing with RB Leipzig.

Coutinho, signed on mortgage from Barcelona within the latest switch window, made his first Bayern begin as he performed over an hour towards Mainz earlier than heading off to fulfill up with Brazil.

However with a key match towards early Bundesliga leaders Leipzig coming on the weekend, the midfielder is dealing with a race to be obtainable, having began towards Peru in Los Angeles on Tuesday as he builds health within the opening weeks of the season.

Given Bayern’s different choices within the type of Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, Bayern coach Kovac needs to make sure Coutinho is as much as scratch earlier than throwing him in once more.

“Now we have now to attend for [Coutinho] to come back again, then we’ll see how he feels,” Kovac informed a information convention on Thursday.

“It was essential that he performed two video games [for Brazil] however, in fact, such a protracted journey is exhausting and we have now an excellent various with Thomas.

“I can not say what that may imply on the weekend. I’ve to attend and see the standing of Philippe.

“Each participant needs to be at 100 per cent. We’d like bodily recent and motivated gamers. We’ll speak to the gamers and we may also have King [Coman] and Coco [Tolisso].

“If somebody feels they don’t seem to be [ready], it will be reckless to not say so.”

Preparations this week are significantly key with Bayern desirous to not fall too far behind Leipzig – two factors clear on the prime of the desk – even at this early stage.

Kovac added: “[Julian Nagelsmann] is an excellent, younger coach. Leipzig had been already excellent. Now, Julian brings with him another information that may make the group even higher.

“Leipzig are nonetheless prime – after the match, we need to be.

“At first of the season, there may be one recreation week after week and we have now began effectively, though I am irritated by the 2 factors we misplaced towards [Hertha] Berlin.

“We need to place ourselves on the prime and that is what the sport towards Leipzig is all about.

“The previous three video games final season had been all slender outcomes; 1-0, 0-Zero and the DFB-Pokal closing was solely 1-Zero as much as 75 minutes [Bayern won 3-0]. These are tight matches. It’s going to be like that this weekend, too.

“We face good gamers, however we’re the German champions and can play with the boldness that we need to win.”

In the meantime, Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka underwent profitable thigh surgical procedure on Wednesday however Kovac was reluctant to position a timescale on his return.

“He is nice, the operation went effectively,” the coach mentioned. “We hope he’ll come again as quickly as attainable, however we can not identify a precise day or week.”

Arihant Chopra
Arihant Chopra has been working in the Sports industry. He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about sports content. He started his career with Trevino to get started as a journalist.


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