Barcelona, Leagues, Ousmane Dembélé, Philippe Coutinho, Spanish Primera División, Story, UEFA Champions League
Sadio Mane scored a brilliant brace as the Reds and Barcelona advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Craig Burley refuses to name Barcelona Champions League favourites after their big win over Lyon, due to their defensive inconsistency.
Despite another routine win for Barcelona in La Liga, questions remain over Philippe Coutinho who underwhelmed again for the Spanish giants.
Barcelona went behind early to Rayo Vallecano, but responded with three, including Lionel Messi’s goal in his 800th career game.

Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out for up to a month after re-injuring his hamstring in Barcelona’s Champions League win against Lyon.

Dembele was touch and go for the game after straining his hamstring at the weekend but came on for the final 25 minutes, scoring the final goal in a 5-1 win.

But he ended the game in pain and tests at Barca’s training ground on Thursday have confirmed he will be sidelined for the next three to four weeks.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho said he has struggled for form during the last few months after scoring for the first time in 10 games in the win over Lyon.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Coutinho rolled home from inside the area after good work from Luis Suarez to double Barca’s lead. It was his first goal since he scored twice in the Copa del Rey win against Sevilla on Jan. 30.

Coutinho’s barren run saw him jeered by some supporters during Saturday’s win against Rayo Vallecano but he was given a more positive reception when he was replaced by Dembele in the second half against Lyon.

“In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well,” Coutinho told Movistar after helping the Catalan side reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a 12th consecutive season. “But I’ve never stopped trying to improve and learn. I came to Barcelona to give my best and that’s what I try to do every day.”

Messi hails Ronaldo’s ‘magical’ night for Juventus 

Coutinho, who joined from Liverpool for €160 million last January, has been linked with a return to England after seeing his place in Barca’s side taken by Dembele.

The Brazil international brushed off talk of a summer exit for now and said his focus is on Sunday’s game against Real Betis as Barca continue to compete on three fronts.

“I live for the moment,” he added. “Now it’s about the next game.

“You never know what the future holds. I am [just] happy with my performance today.”

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Real Madrid need to offload Bale but they’re low on options
Dortmund win but finish second in Bundesliga
Hazard joins Dortmund on five-year deal
Liverpool, Tottenham fan groups ask Champions League sponsors to return final tickets
Neymar, Brazil boss to discuss indiscipline issues

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *