Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly thinks that Barcelona made a wrong decision by signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Barcelona finally bought an end to one of the biggest transfer sagas of all time after they completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. The transfer was completed after months of negotiations and three failed bids in summer. They also broke their own transfer record in the process, previously set for the purchase of Ousmane Dembele.
The Catalans paid Liverpool a whopping sum of €160m to sign Coutinho. This came just a few months after Liverpool blocked the Brazilian from leaving the club, against his will. However, Ronaldo thinks that Barcelona made a huge mistake by signing Coutinho.
However, Coutinho has endured a mixed start to his time at Barcelona after struggling to find his best form. And now Spanish publication Don Balon is report that Real forward Ronaldo thinks that Barcelona was wrong in signing Coutinho from Liverpool.
The Portuguese maestro feels that Coutinho is not needed at Camp Nou, they add. The ones at the Camp Nou believes that Coutinho will be a long-term replacement to Andres Iniesta, who is entering the last stages of his playing career. However, thus far, the Brazilian wizard’s performances have left much to be desired.
Coutinho struggled this weekend, as Gerard Pique netted a late equalizer as Barcelona salvaged a 1-1 derby draw at Espanyol in the torrential rain. The Brazilian playmaker struggled without Lionel Messi alongside him.
He was unable to create chances for strikers, ex-Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez and Paco Alcacer. As a result of that Barcelona looked lifeless in attack for much of the game. As a result, Barcelona failed to extend their lead at the top of the table, but kept up their unbeaten run.
It is said that Ballon d’Or holder, Ronaldo, merely feels that Coutinho is an upgrade to Barcelona captain and legend Andres Iniesta. And while his signing is justified, Ronaldo believes that Barcelona will face a major problem in accommodating both the players at same time.
Ronaldo reportedly feels that Coutinho is of no good use on the left flank, the position in which he started against Espanyol. Los Blancos star also feels that Coutinho should be played in the middle, the position where Andres Iniesta is playing.
Real Madrid’s own season took an uglier turn this weekend, with a 2-2 draw to 17th placed Levante. The Spanish and European champions now trail arch-rivals Barcelona by a massive 19 points, and now lie in 4th place.
I think Barcelona have invested money in future rather than wasting it. Coutinho will be a good fit at Barcelona. The Brazilian should be a huge success at Barcelona. Coutinho’s style of football and his passion to sport the Blaugrana jersey will surely see him fit well in Barcelona’s squad.
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