Barcelona squad underpins Coutinho in the midst of Camp Nou dissatisfaction
The Barcelona players and manager did their, best both during and after the match against Rayo Vallecano, to help the battling Philippe Coutinho, who persevered through one of his hardest days since joining the club.
The Brazilian was on the receiving end of whistles from the Camp Nou faithful which was far from impressed with the club’s record marking.
It has been a disappointing season for the attacking midfielder, who appears to be losing more and more confidence with each passing diversion.
After the game, Ernesto Valverde leapt to the defence of his player, expressing that he had done his part for the group.
« We always want him to pull a rabbit out of the hat, but his work is there. He’s continuing on, » the mentor said.
During the match, Coutinho’s teammates tried their best to encourage him, with Arturo Vidal geeing him on each time they ran into each other and Luis Suarez doing comparable.
After the game, Nelson Semedo sought to defend his teammate, saying that he was « experiencing a stage that we as a whole experience ».
Gerard Pique likewise protected him in his post-coordinate meeting.
« Clearly his cost was exceptionally high so that means there are more expectations of his performance level.