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
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.