‘Coutinho is the player that Bayern needed’

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho is the player Bayern Munich “needed” according to Schalke’s Omar Mascarell, who thinks the on-loan Barcelona midfielder will pair well with Thiago and Robert Lewandowski.Coutinho made the move to the Allainz Arena for a season-long loan to the Bundesliga champions, with Bayern reportedly holding a potential purchase option.The Brazilian is looking to put a difficult 2018-19 campaign behind him and has earned rave reviews from his new head coach, Niko Kovac, and others since his arrival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He made his debut for Bayern off the bench in a 3-0 win over Schalke this weekend, and the former Real Madrid midfielder Mascarell believes Coutinho will make the Bavarians’ attack even more potent this season.“It’s great news that Coutinho plays in the Bundesliga,” Mascarell told Goal and Spox. “He was certainly the player that Bayern needed – one who provides danger between the lines with his power of shooting and combination.“He will definitely harmonize perfectly with Thiago and Robert Lewandowski.”Bayern coach Kovac heads into his second year with the Bundesliga giants, having won a domestic double in his debut season.Despite his success, which saw him equal or surprass the work of his predecessors in recent years, stumbles at points during the campaign as well as elimination in the Champions League saw him come in for criticism.But Mascarell, who played for Kovac at Eintracht Frankfurt and won the DFB-Pokal over Bayern Munich in 2018 alongside him, believes the coach has been underserving of such harsh critiques.“Niko has not only made me a better footballer, but has also developed me as a human being,” Mascarell said. “I do not understand those who question him and his footballing expertise.“It has been seen with us that he pursues a clear game philosophy, can play many tactical systems and cope with his players.“He is the type of coach who criticizes you if you have not given everything. Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do it fast.“Niko can get very loud in the dressing room, but he’s also very fair and praises you when you’ve done your job.”last_img read more

Boys basketball: Hockinson 71, Washougal 66

first_img The Columbian Share: Hockinson HawksWashougal Panthers Washougal, still alive for a postseason berth, was paced by Carter Murray’s 29.HOCKINSON 71, WASHOUGAL 66WASHOUGAL — Kol Mael 10, Alex Orr 10, Carter Murray 29, Brevan Bea 3, Dalton Payne 4, Judson Mansfield 2, Blake Deming 4, Garett Bell, Ian McEwen 0, John Miner 3, Aaron Ackman 0, Jones 0. Totals 30 (2) 4-6 66.HOCKINSON — Micah Paulsen 14, Dakota Souders 3, Mason Bonife 0, Peyton Brammer 40, Ki Haden 6, Sawyer Racanelli 1, Levi Crum 7, Caleb Newman 0, Jeremiah Faulstick 0, Jake Hull 0, Grant Garver 0. Totals 25 (11 ) 11-14 71Washougal 18 18 14 16–66Hockinson 16 12 22 21–71JV — Hockinson won Published: February 1, 2019, 10:19pm Boys basketball: Hockinson 71, Washougal 66 Peyton Brammer scored a game-high 40 points, including 17 of the Hawks’ 21 fourth-quarter points to help Hockinson’s playoff push behind a 71-66 home win over Washougal.The junior scored 29 points in his season debut in Tuesday’s win over Ridgefield, making his return after suffering a foot injury during November’s football playoffs.Friday, Brammer had 23 points through three quarters. And all 17 points were needed in a back-and-forth game, coach Jon Warner said.The Hawks trailed by eight at halftime.“When it mattered most,” the coach said, “he rose to the occasion.”The win puts Hockinson in a tie for third place with Ridgefield with one regular-season game remaining Tuesday hosting Woodland.center_img Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Tags GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more