Philippe Coutinho in a party of the Barça


Coutinho wasn't play in the most important match of the season

Published:24/11/2021 - 15:18h

Updated:24/11/2021 - 15:18h

Philippe Coutinho was left without playing against Benfica despite the fact that he was even aiming to start. Xavi Hernández chose to give entry to other refreshment players and the Brazilian did not play a minute in the most important match of the course for Barça

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In the most important party of what goes of season, the 'final' that it had to win yes or yes the FC Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho remained without playing. Xavi Hernández decided not having the Brazilian for the eleven initial, betting by Yusuf Demir in the right and by Jordi Alba in the left of the 3-4-3. Neither it found him hollow the míster in the centre of the field, with Nico González and Gavi settled, and with Sergio Busquets and Frenkie of Jong like indisputable.

By all this, the one of Rio de Janeiro began the duel in front of the Benfica in the bench, although all aimed that it went to have minutes along the meeting. However, the time happened and the trainer blaugrana opted for taking out only to three players of spare in the second time. The elected were Ousmane Dembélé, Sergiño Dest and Eric García, that had to go in to the field by the lesionado Ronald Araújo.

Coutinho, therefore, did not contest neither an alone minute and saw all the crash from the bank of the Camp Nou. The international 'canarinho' heated, but his trainer did not want to him give entrance to the terrain of game. Xavi did not want to 'touch' the midfield, that was working well, by what here closed him a lot of doors. Besides, neither it thought that the ex of the Liverpool could change the dynamics from the left side, that was his best option to play.

The one of Terrassa thought that the best way to win to the Benfica was without 'Cou' and therefore it decided to separate him of his rotation. A 'hit' very hard for the mediapunta, that expected even be headline against the Portuguese by the absences of Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé, that although at the end it could play, neither much less was to go out of start. Unfortunately for the one of River, Xavi had other plans and he was not included in them.

Coutinho Goes it to have complicated with Xavi

It will be necessary to see what happens this weekend against the Villarreal and also in the next meetings of the Barça. To 'priori', the style of game of the current Coutinho does not seem that it adapt too to the game to one or two touch, to the mobility and to the game that asks him the míster to his midfield players. Neither it is a fast extreme and desequilibrante that can expect opened in the band, that is what looks for in the attackers that play up. The '14' need a lot of balloon and play freed something escorado to the left to shine, something that could no 'marry' with the plans of the new technician.

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