According to Italian newspaper Calciomercato, current Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo is working very hard to prepare for the Champions League. However, the reason for his preparation is beyond the European competition: Arthur has increased his workload to be ready for Juventus.
The Brazilian is already thinking about his upcoming career in Italy. Even though the Barcelona squad is currently on vacation until next Wednesday, Arthur is still doing specific work. Considering the fact that the Italian league is more physical, Arthur decided to increase his workload to become physically stronger. The player is currently working under a personalized training plan. Aside from specific training, Arthur puts special attention on his pubic area, which has caused the player many problems since joining FC Barcelona.
Even though Quique Setién has stated that he expects Arthur to act professionally and be available during his last weeks in Barcelona, the player is not expected to take minutes in a Barça jersey anymore.
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.