Monday, 17 September 2018

I have to do more to be like Iniesta - Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is happy he is being compared to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and has revealed he needs to do more in other to be like the Spanish international.

Coutinho has been in sensational form since joining Barcelona early this year. The Brazilian has really improved the Spanish side and his presence has really contributed to the club attack which makes them more dangerous.

This has made many Barcelona fans to compare the Brazilian to their former midfielder Andres Iniesta and some even calls Coutinho Iniesta's heir.

Coutinho has however revealed he needs to do more if he really has to be compared with Iniesta. In a news conference ahead of Barca Champions league game against PSV, Coutinho spoke about the comparison and what he needs to do to be like Iniesta.

'Andres was a genius, comparisons between us are tough. I just want to be myself and win as much as I can here,' He said

'I try to work hard regardless of my positions and I work hard on every aspect of my game, I feel more of an attacking midfielder and I am comfortable on the left as this is where I've played the most.'

'My goal is to improve at everything and if I want to be like Andres Iniesta I have to improve a lot.'

'My first job is to make plays in the midfield, in the middle it's more difficult as I have to hold on to the ball and help my team-mates.'

'In attack, I can contribute to more goals, but I will do whatever job the coach asks me to do.'

Coutinho is really happy that he can now play in the Champions League for Barcelona as he was unable to play when he joined them in January because he already featured for Liverpool.

'It was tough for me personally and for us as a team because of the way we were eliminated "speaking about Barcelona elimination by As Roma last season" but this time we are determined,' He added

'I wanted to help, but I could not, I was watching it on TV, it was very hard.'

'Last year I couldn't play and I'm looking forward to getting out there in the Champions League.'

'Barcelona fight for all the competitions but the Champions League is the biggest and we are going to go for it.'

'We haven't won it in a few years but we have the players and we are hungry to go out there and win it.'

'We have to keep working hard and it all starts now in the Champions League.'

Coutinho will play his first Champions League game for Barcelona if he is selected in the team to face PSV tomorrow.

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