‘I’m happy’: Philippe Coutinho compounds Barcelona humiliation as their record signing comes off the bench to score twice and assist another for loan club Bayern Munich
- Philippe Coutinho scored twice after coming off the bench for Bayern Munich
- He also assisted Robert Lewandowski against Coutinho’s parent club Barcelona
- The 28-year-old did not celebrate his two goals which confirmed the thrashing
- But the Brazilian showed no sympathy with his words after Barca’s humiliation
Philippe Coutinho insisted he was ‘happy’ after compounding Barcelona’s humiliation by scoring twice and recording an assist in Bayern Munich’s 8-2 thrashing of his parent club.
The Brazilian is the Catalan giants’ record signing but has spent the last year on loan at the Bundesliga champions after failing to make the grade at the Camp Nou.
And it was the 28-year-old who helped to make it a mathematical humiliation for Barcelona as he had a role in Bayern’s final three goals after coming off the bench with fifteen minutes remaining in Lisbon.
Philippe Coutinho showed no mercy for Barcelona after contributing to their humiliating loss
The Brazilian came off the bench to score twice as he rubbed salt into his parent club’s wounds
Seven minutes after coming on, he assisted Robert Lewandowski’s 54th goal of the season by putting a cross on a plate for the Polish marksman to head home, before adding two strikes himself with five minutes and one minute to go respectively as Bayern ran riot in Portugal.
And speaking after the game, Coutinho – although refusing to celebrate either of his goals at the Estadio da Luz in an overly animated manner – did not hide his delight despite his parent club suffering their worst defeat since 1940.
‘It was an important match between two of the best clubs of the world ‘, he said before assuring that he left the ground ‘happy’ as Bayern reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Coutinho did not celebrate scoring but insisted he showed no sympathy for his parent club
Coutinho’s current cheeriness is a far cry from the despondent figure that appeared to be to have fallen out of love for the game in LaLiga.
The midfielder joined Barcelona from Liverpool for a club-record £142million in January 2018 and revealed he wanted to win Europe’s biggest prize with the Catalan side.
But he struggled to impose himself at the Camp Nou and with only 11 goals from 54 appearances for Barcelona in the 2018/19 season, he was deemed surplus to requirements.
The Brazilian did not however celebrate his goals for Bayern at the Estadio da Luz on Friday
A loan move to Bayern transpired last summer in a bid to try and rebuild his confidence in the Bundesliga.
The Brazilian has certainly had his moments – with Friday night being one such example – in a Bayern shirt but the club have insisted they will not be taking up the option to sign him on a permanent basis.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has stated on many occasions that his client is now hopeful of a Premier League return, with Arsenal heavily linked with a move.
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