Philippe Coutinho spoke in the post-match press conference after his team’s draw against Sevilla at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian managed to score the goal that won the Catalan’s a single point.
“We knew Sevilla are a tough team to beat, but this has only just begun. It’s time to continue working after the break. With matches every three days it’s difficult. We are starting and we will get used to it. I really want to work and succeed at this club.”, said the Brazilian.
When being asked about his celebration, the 28-year-old said: “My wife is pregnant, so I wanted to dedicate the goal to her.”
“We came out with the desire to win the 3 points but the luck wasn’t on either of the sides. The midfield was packed which made things complicated for us. We might have to correct things about that.
“I hope we return much better after the International break. I was very eager to return to Barça and give everything. I have more confidence than before.
The Brazilian was also asked how he suddenly became the club’s starter, and what he did to convince Koeman:
“It’s a mixture of many things. I had the desire to come back strong and do something big for this club.”, explained Coutinho.
Source: La Liga post-match stream
Official: Barcelona starting lineup to face Elche — Koeman makes five changes
Barcelona will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they host Elche at the Camp Nou for the rescheduled round one fixture. Ronald Koeman has heavily rotated his team for this encounter, making five changes to the team that took on Cadiz on the weekend.
The first of these changes comes in the heart of the defence, with Samuel Umtiti coming in to replace Clement Lenglet, starting alongside Gerard Pique. Oscar Mingueza gets a start as well, but it is at right-back instead of Sergino Dest. Jordi Alba retains his spot at the left-back position, while Marc-Andre Ter Stegen holding the gloves.
Sergio Busquets had a fairly decent game against Cadiz, but sees himself on the bench with Miralem Pjanic starting as the anchor. Beside him, Frenkie De Jong and Pedri will be acting as interiors as they have so often this season.
There are two changes in the attack as well, with Fransisco Trincao getting a well-deserved start on the right-wing, replacing Ousmane Dembele. Antoine Griezmann starts on the bench, as well, and has been replaced by Martin Braithwaite. Lionel Messi will spearhead the team hoping to keep his goal-scoring run alive.
Confirmed XI: ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; de Jong, Pjanic, Pedri; Trincao, Messi, Braithwaite
Koeman seems to have played all his cards all at once for this game, replacing every other player on the pitch. While Mingueza truly deserved a place in the XI today, it should have been at centre-half instead of Umtiti, who put in a heart-wrenching display against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey no more than two weeks back.