Valverde explains Coutinho snub

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Coutinho dropped for the good of Barcelona – Valverde Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 15:36 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Eibar v Barcelona Eibar Primera División Ernesto Valverde Andres Iniesta started ahead of the Brazil international as the Catalan side picked up a 2-0 victory and the coach is happy with his decision Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said Philippe Coutinho was benched for the good of the team following Saturdays victory at Eibar.Despite being ineligible for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Chelsea following his arrival from fellow last-16 participants Liverpool, Coutinho was dropped for Barca’s 2-0 win .AdChoices广告Coutinho – a €160 million signing last month – started the goalless draw against Getafe but made way for Andres Iniesta as goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba saw Barca equal a club record of 31 games unbeaten in La Liga. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Explaining his decision to drop Coutinho, Valverde told reporters: “I think it was best for my team to try to win.”Last week Coutinho started, Iniesta didn’t, so this week Iniesta started.”It’s true that on Tuesday we have another match but for me the most important thing was this match.”On Tuesday, let’s see, I know Coutinho cannot play, but we will do something.”After ending a run of back-to-back draws, Barca moved 10 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.last_img read more