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Philippe Coutinho will decide on his future after the Champions League

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Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho who is currently on loan at Bayern Münich could play against Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League if Barcelona manages to knockout Napoli, and if Bayern defeats Chelsea.

Currently, Coutinho wants to just focus on the Champions League. If the forecasts come true, Barça and Bayern will face each other on the 14th. Until the Champions League finishes, the 28-year-old will not decide on his future.

The only thing that is certain as it stands is that the Brazilian prioritizes a Premier League return. However, all the clubs that have shown interest in Coutinho (Chelsea, United, Newcastle, Tottenham, and Arsenal) are aware of Barça’s financial needs, so they will not rush a move until the last moment to sign him for a low fee.

Barcelona expects to sell the midfielder for at least €80m so that they can recover a big portion of the €140m that was paid in January 2018. After winning the Bundesliga and German Cup, Coutinho now looks forward to winning a treble with Bayern Münich.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Official: Barcelona starting XI vs Dynamo Kyiv — Carles Aleña starts




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Ronald Koeman surprised everyone with his travelling squad that would take on Dynamo Kyiv on matchday four of the Champions League, leaving Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong out of the equation. Following that, several changes have been made to the starting XI, the biggest one being Carles Aleña’s inclusion, who partners Miralem Pjanic in the double pivot.

Sergino Dest takes over the right-back spot following the injury to Sergi Roberto and has been replaced by Junior Firpo. Another huge takeaway is Oscar Mingueza, who starts alongside Clement Lenglet in the heart of the defece. This back-four will guard Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who takes care of the net in goal.

The front-four is very different as well, with Martin Braithwaite getting his first start of the season. He will lead the line, playing off of Philippe Coutinho as the no. 10. Pedri starts yet another game, playing on the left, while Ousmane Dembele is benched for Fransisco Trincao.

Confirmed Barcelona Lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri; Braithwaite

Riqui Puig does not make the cut for this game, yet again, despite the squad having no more than four central midfielders, one of which was Matheus Fernandes. That said, we might see the fan-favourite youngster come off the bench.

Source: FC Barceona

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