Among the hot topics of the conversation was the team’s struggle for form, despite the championship in European competitions.
Barcelona are the team with a desire
As Barcelona fall into chaos with another LaLiga defeat to Cadiz, Philippe Coutinho faced the media with discussing the loss and predicting his next challenge against Serie A champions Juventus in the Champions League. Among the hot topics of the conversation was the team’s struggle for form, despite the championship in European competitions. “It’s always hard when you lose an important game because the atmosphere is frustrated,” he admitted speaking to the press in before facing Juventus. “I see the team with desire, I am stronger than before, and I see the team in good shape with a desire to change this.” When pressed on what changes would be required, Coutinho said that the side needs time. “We are in the process of renewal, and we must be patient,” he insisted.
The system has changed under Ronald Koeman
“We have to want to improve every detail that doesn’t work, internally we talk a lot, in chats with the coach and between us, there is a lot to improve, and we will improve them internally. The coach has changed, the players, it is all part of the renewal process, we must be patient, and we, who are inside must make sure that everything works in the best possible way. “One of the big changes under Ronald Koeman was the system change, which Coutinho also discussed. “These topics of possession are more for the coach, I try to do a good job wherever he puts me, I’m more focused on allowing myself to perform better,” explained the Brazilian. “I am preparing to make myself better in the position that the coach puts me.”
But he admitted that his team was not in the best condition. “I know the performance was not what was expected, because there is a lot of tension at Barcelona. What I can say is that I worked mentally to be good,” he said. The former Liverpool ace also discussed the game against Juventus, although Barcelona have already secured qualifications from their Champions League group. “It is a great game, and we have a goal to finish first, it is important to win,” Coutinho replied. “Moreover, so coming from a defeat, you are more hungry to get back on the field and show our strength.”