Register Login Scores

LaLiga

Suarez & Barca Boss Defend Coutinho After Forgettable Full Debut

FC Barcelona star Luis Suarez and his manager Ernesto Valverde leapt to the defence of the club's record signing Philippe Coutinho following the Brazilian's forgettable full debut on Sunday night.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures from Barca's LaLiga win on Sunday!

The former Liverpool man was named in the starting line-up for the Blaugrana's match at the Camp Nou on Sunday, when they narrowly beat Alaves 2-1 thanks to strikes from Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Coutinho's performance was hardly one to remember as he was substituted off in the 66th minute, but his manager has suggested he is not expecting immediate fireworks from the 25-year-old. 

"Players aren't machines that you can just put in a factory and start to work right away," Valverde told The National.  

"I thought he played well, he was always asking for the ball. He has important skills, the other day he played 20 minutes, today he played a little more, and he's growing into the team little by little."

Suarez also did not agree with those criticising Coutinho's performance.

"It's always difficult to make your debut at the Camp Nou in the league," Suarez said.

"He played very well, trying to run the game and the team is happy with what he did."

10 Stars Who Have Rejected Barca

Barca's win saw them go 11 points clear in LaLiga, and remain 19 points ahead of Real Madrid.

Do you think Coutinho will need time to adjust at Barca? Let us know in the comments section below.

6 comments

Top 5

Hunt’s U-Turn As Surprise Chippa Exit Looms?

22 Sep 13, 2021 04:09 PM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Still Don't Have Clubs

10 Sep 02, 2021 12:30 PM in International

Pogba Makes Decision On Future After CR7 Return?

5 Sep 13, 2021 09:39 AM in Cadbury

Chiefs To Get Striker Option B Soon…

95 Sep 15, 2021 08:04 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mabasa Msport - Bucs Star Flexes Hot R895K BMW SUV

2 Sep 13, 2021 02:46 PM in Show Me The Money

Messi Unhappy In Paris?

19 Sep 16, 2021 06:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Dr Drip: Doc Khumalo’s PUMA Swag

39 Sep 16, 2021 09:34 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Defender Leaves Chiefs, Joins New Club

66 Sep 13, 2021 04:40 PM in DSTVPEP

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

21 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Kapinga Latest From Downs…

16 Sep 13, 2021 11:04 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Why Mabasa Is A Finisher And Not A Substitute

22 Sep 13, 2021 12:51 PM in Orlando Pirates