Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich striker, said he believes Philippe Coutinho can make the difference for the club this season, especially in the Champions League.
The Polish international also said the Brazilian’s arrival could give the Bavarians an edge over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race in this campaign.
Coutinho joined the German champions on loan from Barcelona two weeks ago, after he was considered surplus to requirement at Camp Nou.
Speaking on the club’s chances of success in the country against their closest rival, Borussia Dortmund, his former team, the 31-year-old noted that his side have more quality players than last the season’s league runners-up.
The Niko Kovac side failed to replace Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery, both of whom left the club at the end of last season, but brought in Coutinho, Ivan Perisic and Lucas Fernandez.
Dortmund too had a busy early summer, bringing in Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt, Nico Schlz and Matt Hummels, their former player.
“Dortmund did a lot [in the summer window], they have a big squad. But in the end it’s not about quantity, but about quality,” he told Sport Bild.
“And from that point of view it’s clear to me that we have the players of higher quality.”
“His [Coutinho’s] final ball is insane, he can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League. He can give us that something special. It makes us more unpredictable [with Coutinho in the team], which makes us more dangerous.”
Lewandowski, who turned 31 earlier this month, is contracted with the Allianz Arena club until 2021, but is set to sign a two-year contract extension.
The striker, who currently has 273 goals in the German top-flight, noted that he is eyeing a landmark number of goals in the league.
He further disclosed that only few details are left before signing an extension with Bayern.
“From my point of view there are only details left to clarify [regarding a contract extension],” he also said.
“Maybe I can even reach the 300-goal mark in the Bundesliga. I would like to play another five, six years at the top level.”