The 26-year-old has majorly underperformed this season for the Blaugrana.
After yet another inconvincing performance against Alaves on Tuesday night, Barcelona midfielder Phillippe Coutinho has come under the radar. The Brazilian attacking midfielder’s poor performance was followed by a yellow card on the 76th minute and several fans are now calling for his head and wants the club to ‘send him back to England’.
???? Min 76: Coutinho gets a yellow card
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 23, 2019
Despite the yellow card Barcelona clinched all three points against Alaves on Tuesday night with goals from Luis Suarez and Carles Alena. However, the Cules’ fans are not content with the Brazilian’s performance for the club this season and want Malcom to replace him permanently on the team.
“I have always been a person with respect for everyone,” Coutinho expressed after the game. “The truth is that this is so people see that a lot of times I have to cover my ears to maintain my focus on the game or on my work to avoid (noise) affecting me,” he continued.
Although the former Inter and Liverpool midfielder made it clear that he did not have any problems with the fans, he also revealed that he does not appreciate the media’s role in it.
“And well, for a lot of the media, I don’t have this respect, how I work and how I dedicate myself to the games and the training sessions.”
”It was like a liberation.”
“So that they can see a lot of the time I have to cover my ears to be able to do my job.”
Coutinho has scored only five goals and assited twice this season, a figure that speaks volume of his poor display this season in Blaugrana colors. However, recent transfer speculations put him under PSG’s radar, where he could join fellow Brazilians Neymar Jr and Dani Alves next season.
“It’s always a pleasure to play with him, it’s fun. We played together many times in Brazilian youth teams, and he became a special player. Playing at his side is always a pleasure, even though I haven’t had any luck at the club level yet. It would be nice to play with him in a club,” Coutinho said about the possibility of playing with Neymar.