After a good start to his second chance at Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho has spoken about his return to Camp Nou and his aspirations for the new season. He also mentioned the big workload he had at Bayern Munich, where he spent the 2019/20 season on loan.
After a sub-par 2018/19, Coutinho was sent on loan to Bayern and won a treble, scoring twice in the Champions League quarter-final in the 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in August. At the Allianz Arena, the Brazilian says that the training sessions were intense and that he benefitted from such physical preparation. He stated that he improved a lot in the physical part of the game thanks to the massive workload he had to do over there, a change from Ernesto Valverde’s training sessions.
In 2018/19, the former Liverpool gem looked like a ghost on the pitch, bereft of confidence and sometimes a little too disinterested. Coutinho said in his interview that he has returned to Barcelona with a lot of hunger and motivation. His dedication and happiness have also been noticeable in the games, and he started the season on the right foot, as he mentioned.
“I have started the season on the right foot by playing well, and I am very happy. I intend to push the intensity of my work to the limit to achieve great things this season.”Philippe Coutinho via Sport
The Brazilian forward has also stated his will to achieve greatness at Camp Nou this year, and this means winning titles, especially after the trophyless season Barcelona have endured under both Ernesto Valverde’s and Quique Setién’s tenures. Also, unlike the former Athletic Club manager, Ronald Koeman seems to have grasped where Coutinho plays better, and that’s in the middle rather than being deployed as a left-winger all year. It seems like Philippe Coutinho has found his mojo.
Watch: Osasuna vs Barcelona, Match Preview
Barcelona return to La Liga action to face Osasuna, in what is a crucial match in regard to the La Liga title race. Following Barcelona’s midweek heroics in the comeback against Sevilla, all focus will now be on securing a crucial victory in Pamplona, with the Madrid derby being played just a day after Barça’s clash. Check out our full match preview below:
Following such a high-paced fixture midweek against Sevilla, which required a huge amount of effort and determination, it will be interesting to see how Koeman sets his team up, in the full knowledge that victory is vital. Players such as Ilaix Moriba, Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincão will all certainly be knocking on the door for starting spots, but the Dutch coach must select the right balance with his line-up, in what is sure to be a tough test against Arrasate’s Osasuna.