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Koeman: I always Trust Coutinho

Koeman: I always Trust Coutinho

Ansu Fati’s great game against Valencia overshadowed the rest of the outstanding performances of the Barcelona players. One of the footballers who stood out was Philippe Coutinho. Eternally questioned and rated in all transferable markets, for being the most expensive signing in history and for his high record, he signed a remarkable game and was reunited with the goal almost a year later. He freed himself and gave Koeman arguments to continue betting on him.
“He was good. Fast. From the first day, I have always believed in Coutinho. Little by little he will recover his quality because, physically, he is better every day,” said the Dutch coach at the post-match press conference. The former Liverpool player, who spent last season blank – he missed 37 games – due to injury, has had to live with the weight and responsibility of being the most expensive player in the history of Barcelona. That pressure, the torn meniscus and his adaptation difficulties have prevented him from showing the quality and talent that he exhibited at Anfield. He has not managed to conquer the Camp Nou and practically since he arrived -in 2018-, the technicians and executives have considered him transferable: given the problems for the transfer of him, he was loaned to Bayern Munich in the 19-20 season.
But Koeman trusts him. Last year, before his serious knee injury, he gave him minutes. He believes that he can perform more and better than he has done so far. And against Valencia, the Brazilian responded. He was active, ambitious and supportive, combined well with his teammates and did not hesitate to shoot on goal. He scored the third goal for Barcelona. He did not celebrate a bit since November 29 of last season, in the LaLiga match against Osasuna at the Camp Nou.


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