Germany legendary coach Berti Vogts: 'Coutinho isn't a world star, he's Barca substitute'
- Coutinho joined Bayern after an unimpressive season and a half spell in Barcelona.
- Vogts questions his status as a world-class player.
- Why has he left Barca in his prime then? - asks the former Germany boss.
On Monday, August 19, Philippe Coutinho's one-year loan move to Bayern Munich has been officially confirmed. The Bavarians paid 8.5 million euros for the Brazilian and would have an option to sign him permanently next summer for 120 million euros.
However, legendary German national team boss Berti Vogts doubts that the midfielder is really a world-class player, like Bayern advertise him.
"Why is a 27-year-old leaving a top club like Barcelona?" asked Vogts in the interview with T-Online.
"Because he has given up the hope to prevail there. Maybe he's not a world star, but a Barcelona substitute."
It's true that Coutinho's stint at the Camp Nou was a disappointing one. Initially signed as Iniesta or Neymar replacement, he could provide neither. A bit similar to Messi in his playing style, the 27-year-old can't compete with the Argentine for obvious reasons. Thus, his departure is only logical for both sides.
Last season at Barca, Coutinho only scored 11 goals in all competitions. In total, he contributed to 32 Barcelona goals with 21 goals and 11 assists, failing to live up to any expectations in pure statistical regard, too.
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