Valverde Wants Coutinho To Fight For Barcelona Spot

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Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has urged Philippe Coutinho to fight for his spot in the squad, after he returned to goalscoring ways.

The Brazilian has not scored in the La Liga since his strike in October, but scored from the spot, as Barcelona lost 2-1 to Levante in the Copa del Rey.

Coutinho’s last goal was the 5-1 rout against Madrid on October 2 and Valverde has urged him to do more.

“When Dembele wasn’t playing, everyone was asking me about him,” Valverde told reporters.

“Now Dembele’s playing and Coutinho isn’t and the reverse is happening. When you do not play and you are not happy, you have to fight to change the situation. Today was a match for that.

“Coutinho is a great player who has given us a lot and will give us a lot. I will say the same about Dembele. It’s a repetitive question with interchangeable names.”



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