Philippe Coutinho Comments On FC Barcelona Future Amid Manchester

Ross Houston
April 8, 2019

"But I'm happy. I wanted to play in Spain and I'm at the best club in Spain".

A goal each from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ensured the home team cruised to victory and further consolidate their leadership at the summit of the table.

Manchester United face a tall order if they're to get past Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

And then the feeling of Liverpool fans towards Coutinho would be very different indeed, especially given the way the player left the club for Barcelona.

"I learned about the significance of games against United [whilst playing for Liverpool] and understand the rivalry, having played against them on several occasions".

"I think that you have got to concentrate on your game".

United head into the match as underdogs against a Barcelona side now 11 points clear at the top of La Liga.

The Spanish giants will fly to England on Tuesday and head coach Ernesto Valverde will hold his press conference alongside a player at the Theatre of Dreams from 17:00 BST.

Rumours have grown over a summer move back to the Premier League, potentially to either Anfield or Old Trafford, but the playmaker has made it clear he sees his future at the Camp Nou.

"What I can say is that I'm glad that Liverpool are doing well this year and, if the draw had been different, I would have liked to play the Champions League Final against them".

While an Anfield comeback would be special, it would be as adversaries, not as friends. I knew it would happen.

Due to his allegiance with Liverpool, Coutinho will be even more passionate about knocking out United, and has admitted that facing Liverpool in the next round is not what the Brazilian would have chosen in an ideal world.

The victor of this clash knows a semi-final with Liverpool or Porto awaits in the coming weeks. Everyone wants to win this tie, not just me.

The Argentinian is aiming to win the Champions League for the fifth time this season - and his Barcelona side are well-fancied to go all the way to the final in Madrid.

Other reports by iNewsToday