Philippe Coutinho and Andrés Iniesta greet  in a replacement

ROBERT FERNÁNDEZ HAD IT VERY CLEAR

The comparison with Andrés Iniesta that explains the signing of Philippe Coutinho

Published:26/08/2018 - 18:15h

Updated:26/08/2018 - 19:30h

It does some months that no longer play together, but after the exit of Andrés Iniesta, the influence of Philippe Coutinho in the FC Barcelona expanded even more. Robert Fernández, responsible of his signing, has explained that they did not doubt with the Brazilian

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It was one of the serials of the past summer, but finally in January of 2018 finish with happy final. Philippe Coutinho attained to go out of the Liverpool for fichar by the FC Barcelona, and after some months playing beside Andrés Iniesta, has turned into his heir. Although it is clear that there are a lot of differences between both, there are few doubts on the capacity of the carioca to be his relief.

The one who detained to speak on this subject was Robert Fernández, already ex Barcelona technical secretary, during the dispute of the clash against the Valladolid. The Valencian, now in his paper of commentator for 'beIN Sports' signalled that in his team of work never there were doubts on the incorporation of the Brazilian.

"Always I thought that Coutinho was the ideal substitute of Iniesta. We had to think in looking for a player that was prepared to take his witness. Andrés has marked period in the world-wide football", revealed, aiming that the exit of the manchego was a possibility that already handled between the high charges of the entity culé. To be prepared in front of a drop of such magnitude there were a lot of decisions that take, and the bet seems hit.

Only it is necessary to fix in the sportive promotion and mediático of Philippe since it landed in the Camp Nou, and, especially, in the qualities that share both footballers. Although it is true that the characteristics of one and of another are not comparable, also is it that it can think in both when it uses the word 'magic'. 

The perfect partner for the Messi, Suárez or Demmbélé is now the sudamericano, much more vertical and die to the shot but also with capacity to direct the game. In the starts of his career, the Spanish also had more desborde and less pause, a signal that was purchasing thanks to the step of the years and to his experience with Xavi Hernández.

Coutinho, a big solution for the Barça

The advantage to have Coutinho is a polivalencia that offered Iniesta to the reverse, since Pep Guardiola displaced him to the forward from the centre of the field and now is the other way around. The one of Rio de Janeiro, more given to play in offensive positions, can fulfil to perfection like interior, although it already has shined like Barcelona acting like left extreme. The possibilities are very varied, and all go in profit of the Barça.

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