The awesome BARCELONA and BRAZIL world megastar chats to MATCH about his jaw-dropping career so far…
WINNING THE CHAMPO LEAGUE!
COUTINHO SAYS: “Winning the Champions League has always been a big ambition of mine, and to win it with Bayern Munich was a big thing. I thought the team deserved to win it – and now, of course, it’s my ambition to win it with Barcelona!”
PLAYING V BARCA!
COUTINHO SAYS: “It was a strange feeling but at the time I was playing for Bayern Munich – and you can only be professional. I’ve always wanted to play for Barcelona and returning here was what I wanted to do. It’s a fresh start for me now and I feel hungry to play well for the team, and very hungry for success!”
SPELL AT BAYERN!
COUTINHO SAYS: “I won three trophies including the Bundesliga and Champions League, so I don’t think it can be seen as anything other than a success. I will always remember my time there and be thankful for it, but I’m back with Barcelona now – and that’s where my focus is!”
PLAYING WITH MESSI!
COUTINHO SAYS: “He’s the best – to train and play with him has been a dream. When I was at Liverpool I used to watch the trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez and I could not believe what I was watching at times. Now I have my chance to create my own history alongside him!”
COUTINHO SAYS: “This season feels different for obvious reasons but, yes, the ambition is to win the title. Real Madrid are of course current champions, but that doesn’t mean they will be the contenders for us. We’re confident – we’re confident that this can be a successful season!”
LA LIGA OR CHAMPO LEAGUE GLORY?
COUTINHO SAYS: “With a club like Barcelona that isn’t really a question that can be answered. We want to win the league, but we also know the winning tradition we have in Europe. We’re hungry for success in all areas, that’s why I can’t really answer!”
SUPER ANSU FATI!
COUTINHO SAYS: “There are no limits to how good he can be. Already at just 18 years old, he’s showing that not only can he play at the top level, but he can excel at the top level. There are many experienced players at Barcelona that all of the younger players can learn off. It’s normal to be excited by a player like him, but at the same time we must give him space and time to develop!”
BARCA'S OTHER YOUNGSTERS!
COUTINHO SAYS: “Barcelona has a big history of developing young players and for them going on to be among the most important players in the world. There are many at the moment who fall into that category but, as I said, it’s important we let them develop at their own pace!”
RETURN TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
COUTINHO SAYS: “The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world and to have the chance to play there with a team like Liverpool will always be something I’ll be grateful for. It’s impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future, but my focus is on Barcelona!”