Flick: Coutinho must be given time at Bayern

By Sports Desk November 29, 2019

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick called for patience with Philippe Coutinho, saying the attacker needed to be given more time.

Coutinho arrived at the Bundesliga giants on loan from Barcelona in August, but his impact has been questioned.

The Brazilian, 27, has scored three goals and provided five assists in 17 games for Bayern, who are fourth in the Bundesliga.

But Flick, who will remain as coach until at least the end of the year, said Coutinho deserved more chances.

"Sometimes I think it's good to give someone a little time," he told a news conference on Friday.

"[Coutinho] hasn't been here that long. He didn't have a full pre-season and came to us without much preparation. He went through a change of coach. That's why you just have to give him time.

"He's done well. He scored a goal in Dusseldorf and assisted another. In Belgrade, he assisted two goals.

"In the end, his assists add to his statistics and that's why I'm already satisfied with him."

Bayern host Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

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    "He's got to stay focused, keep performing well while he's young, and his time will come.

    "I'd say, 'Don't rush anything, just keep playing.' And Dwight is at the right club to do that. He just needs to keep playing games, because that's the most important thing for somebody his age.

    "He's got the right manager to guide him, and he'll be in no rush to go anywhere. If I was him, I'd stay put and keep playing games.

    "Sometimes it can be difficult when you go to another club. I've experienced it. I went to Tottenham and I didn't play for months, and you get frustrated.

    "For somebody like him, who is doing really well, why would you move now? There's no point. Just keep performing well on the biggest stage and stay put.

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