Neymar is currently missing from the football as he is recovering from his injury back at home. It’s expected that PSG star will return back on the pitch before FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. And if not there are replacements who are ready to fill in his void. Brazilian right-back and his PSG’s teammate Dani Alves said that Coutinho is on same level as Neymar.
Speaking in a press conference before Germany vs Brazil international friendly, Alves said as Goal reports, “I think that Coutinho is a player who is on a same level as Ney. He has a massive influence on our games and in his teams. When he was in Liverpool and now in Barca, he has improved a lot and learned to read the game better, to make the right decisions.”
“That is great to see, to play with such a good footballer who has that ability. There are others who are similar. We are lucky to play with great players and have them on our side is fantastic. We have to get the best out of them and build a solid team.”
Tite – Coutinho work is very strong
Brazil coach Tite affirmed Dani Alves views. Making his points he said, “What qualities do you think are important in a footballer? He has it. The whole of Coutinho’s work is very strong. He has passing, competitiveness, effectiveness at medium distance, speed of thought and execution, assists, and now a great maturity, which is also important.”
“He and Willian understand that they are offensive players. Douglas Costa is taking this in, [Roberto] Firmino is looking to convert what he has done in Liverpool – being aggressive, going for the goal, and not heading out wide.”
Both of them have positive things to say about Coutinho. And it feels like Neymar won’t be missed at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, if Coutinho continues to impress for his club and country. His next test will be against Germany on Tuesday to help his team takes the revenge. Brazil lost to Germany 7-1 at home in 2014 World Cup semifinal. It was a humiliating night for the five-time World Cup winners. If Coutinho impresses against the defending champion, it will add to his glory with Brazil national side.