Coutinho given Koeman backing

18 October 2021 11:14:36 CET
Philippe Coutinho netted for Barcelona

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has stated that he has "always believed" in Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Koeman's side can be backed at 40/1 to win La Liga this season and are priced up at 12121/1 to triumph in the Champions League.

Coutinho seals the win

Coutinho came off the bench to score a late goal to make it 3-1 in Barca's victory against Valencia in Sunday’s league meeting at the Nou Camp - the goal being the Brazilian's first for the Catalan club since November 2020.

In total, Coutinho has scored 16 goals in 69 league appearances for Barca since his 2018 move from Liverpool, while he also netted eight times in 23 games while on loan at Bayern Munich durung the 2019/20 season.

He has taken an important step because I have always believed in him.

Ronald Koeman

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Sergio Aguero also came off the bench against Los Che to make his debut for the club, having been sidelined by injury since signing from Manchester City in the summer.

Koeman weighed in after the game with his thoughts on the performance of Coutinho, the cameo from fellow South American Aguero and the role their fitness will play in their progression.

Koeman enjoys double boost

The Dutchman told reporters: "Philippe was good. When he entered the game he was good. With his freedom we were able to control the game better.

"He knows how to score goals. He has taken an important step because I have always believed in him - physically, he is getting better and better.

"Sergio is an important player for his quality and experience. We want to give him minutes and he will be physically better to help the team. It is not a quality issue, but a fitness issue."

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