Valverde Wants Coutinho To Fight For Barcelona Spot

14 January, 2019, 11:01 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2018-19

Coutinho signed for Barca in January past year and was cup-tied in the Champions League, but he impressed in the second half of the campaign at Camp Nou, scoring 10 goals in 22 appearances as Barca won LaLiga and the Copa del Rey.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains the second highest scorer with 311 goals in 292 games while Spain's Telmo Zarra is third with 251 goals in 278 games.

Widely regarded as the finest player of his generation, what is all the more impressive about Messi's record is that he has achieved the feat of 400 goals from only 435 appearances in the competition.

The attacker will will hope make Ernesto Valverde's team for Sunday's clash against Eibar as the manager was caught discussing the former Liverpool man this week.

"They are incredible. Not only the goals, but also what he creates. But he does much more than score goals, he also does so much to generate scoring chances for others". The Argentine did the rest by opening an angle around a defender and driving in a low left-footed shot.

The midfielder is largely responsible for making his side's task in the second leg a whole lot easier having won a late penalty which Coutinho converted late in the game.

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Messi's moment came in the 53rd minute and it was Suarez who started it, stealing back possession after a heavy touch from Anaitz Arbilla.

A delightful passing move between Philippe Coutinho and Suarez allowed the Uruguayan to curl the ball into the bottom corner.

It's hardly been vintage Barcelona this season but with the firepower at their disposal, they still look well on course to win the league title. That was followed by a Messi miss after a lay-off from Suarez.

"He was the one who left", he said in October.

Not including staying at Barcelona, United are clear favourites to acquire his services ahead the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Napoli. The club is five points above Atletico Madrid for first place and 10 points up on Sevilla.

Bilbao forward Inaki Williams scored both goals for the hosts to help lift them out of the relegation zone.

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