Coutinho has lost his place in Barca’s starting XI

Philippe Coutin­ho did not make the start­ing line­up for the Cham­pi­ons League game against Lyon on Tues­day. It was an all impor­tant game for the team and it clear­ly states everyone’s sta­tus in the team as to them start­ing the game.

Appar­ent­ly, if every­one in the team is fit, Ous­mane Dem­bele will be ahead of Philippe Coutin­ho in big and impor­tant games. In the Cham­pi­ons League match against Lyon Mes­si, Suarez and Dem­bele formed the attack of Barcelona.

The French­man was one of the best play­er on the pitch. But he got to his absolute best when he switched to the right posi­tion. About 25 min­utes to the end of the match, Coutin­ho replaced Dem­bele. The Brazil­ian made impact in his first four min­utes and was not even noticed in the rest of the game.

Post match con­fer­ence Valverde said; “I didn’t want to stress out Dem­bele because I thought he was feel­ing tired so we intro­duced Coutin­ho. He con­nect­ed with the team well.”

Coutin­ho was not so fan­tas­tic but that’s about the best we have seen from the Brazil­ian in recent times. He would have to fight against all odds to remain rel­e­vant even in less impor­tant games.

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