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Valverde: Why I Dropped Coutinho

Ernesto Valverde: Why I Dropped Philippe Coutinho

By Keegan Kruger - Feb 19, 2018 02:30 PM @KeeganKruger

FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has explained why he decided to drop former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to the bench for the Blaugrana's 2-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.

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The Brazil international, who is ineligible to play for the Spanish giants in the UEFA Champions League, started in his club's goalless draw with Getafe last weekend, but lost his place to Andres Iniesta for the match against Eibar.

After the fixture, Valverde explained why he decided to drop the €160 million (R2.31 billion) signing to the bench.

"I think it was best for my team to try to win," the Spanish tactician said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

"Last week Coutinho started, Iniesta didn't, so this week Iniesta started.

"It's true that, on Tuesday, we have another match, but, for me, the most important thing was this match.

"On Tuesday, let's see. I know Coutinho cannot play, but we will do something."

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The 25-year-old has made seven appearances for the Spanish side since his arrival at the Camp Nou in January, and has scored one goal for the Blaugrana so far.

Do you think Coutinho will go on to become a vital member of this Barca squad? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Mentashe Feb 20, 2018 10:46 PM
it will take time but he will crack it.
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Faysal Feb 19, 2018 03:41 PM
And the lads did well
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downzzz Feb 19, 2018 03:37 PM
Did u love him?
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Mshaba12 Feb 19, 2018 03:32 PM
Coutinho will do better next season, that's for sure
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Golden Boots Feb 19, 2018 02:44 PM
No need to explain yourself, you did what you thought best and we won. The result is what matters but next time you should start with Gk Ter Stegan, rb Semedo, rcb Mina, lcb Umtiti, lb Alba, rmf Dembele, cm Paulinho, cdm Busquets, lmf Coutinho and the infamous duo upfront!

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