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Kovac Refuses to Take Risks with New Signing Coutinho


Ahmed Ahmed

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:51 GMT

The Brazilian star midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, the new signing for Bayern Munich, will be on the bench during Saturday August 24th’s clash against Schalke, AFP has reported, citing coach Niko Kovac, on Thursday August 22nd.

Coutinho, 27, has been the talk of Germany since joining Bayern on a one-year loan deal from Barcelona earlier this week.

At a press conference on Thursday, August 22nd, Kovac confirmed the Brazilian will not start the game.

"He is not quite at the level of fitness he needs to play for 90 minutes," said Kovac.

"He has said that himself, and we don't want to take any risks. He has only been training for the last two weeks, so he needs to catch up," he added, but confirmed Coutinho would be in the match-day squad.

"I know a lot of people want us to play him straight away, but everything has to be right."

However, Kovac said Bayern's other new attack signing, Croatia winger, Ivan Perisic, could make the starting eleven against Schalke.

"Ivan is much further along, he started training at the same time as we did, and played several games for Inter Milan in pre-season," he said.

Bayern are under pressure to pick up three points against David Wagner's Schalke side, having been held to a draw in their opening Bundesliga game, against Hertha Berlin last week.