Lenglet and Aguero missing with Coutinho back in line

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Philippe Coutinho was back in the squad for the first time since 20th of December against Eibar. He never appeared in the game played at Estadi Johan Cruyff. The game ended in a 3-0 win for Barcelona against a Juventus team that could have won against anyone.

Sergio Aguero and Clement Lenglet both missed the game with injuries and are both uncertain for the La Liga opener v. Real Sociedad next Sunday, but Ronald Koeman lined up a strong team as everyone could see sweeping Juve of the floor with this 3-0 win, goals coming from Depay, Braithwaite and Puig.

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The result shows a picture of a club that must be able to win games, trophies and also move on from the Lionel Messi situation, accepting that the player surely will not return with PSG lining up a move for him. He will rejoin his former teammate and friend Neymar and hopefully get the best out of his new life in another club.

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The Gamper Festival is a traditional game before the season starts when a major team of Europe has been invited to play and the prestige is huge though it’s seen as a friendly. It’s been a yearly tradition since 1966 and been played at Camp Neu, but this year it was played at the training facilities.

For those who don’t know the tradition and the name Joan Gamper, he was a co founder of the club and a president and an important person in the history of FC Barcelona.

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Of course a grand work out session for the Barcelona team as they took on Juventus in of course a 3-0 win is a big contrast to the 1-2 loss in the previous game v. Salzburg. Of course a lot of quality still left at Barca when a player like Philippe Coutinho is an unused sub.

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Of course great to get back to La Liga football again and even without Lionel Messi it will be very interesting to see how well Barcelona will do, Ronald Koeman still have a group of extreme talent to chose from

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Philippe Coutinho, what next, and available for a move?

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AC Milan is said to be the front runner but reports from England suggests that Coutinho’s former manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, is an admirer and that Leicester could be interested in bringing in a star player to both lift image of the club, with a signing that would be the first Brazilian player ever to play for this football club, and of course give the team more depth in offensive alternatives going into a long and challenging season.

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The Brazilian attacker joined Barcelona from Liverpool back in 2018, leaving Jurgen Klopp’s project and trying out a new adventure, but this move hasn’t been up to the level of expectations for the parties involved, which resulted in a loan move to Bayern Munich, and with the Germans it was also a challenging period, though being involved in winning both the Bundesliga and the Champions League must have been a massive thrill.

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During five years at Anfield, Coutinho became a fans favorite after joining from Inter in 2013 and he adapted well to the style of the Premier League and as we all remember ending in a runners-up position during the spell with Brendan Rodgers in charge for The Reds.

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Coutinho is contracted to Barcelona until the summer of 2023, and latest news are that they are keen on a deal happening as soon as possible to offload players with huge salaries that are not in the future plans of manager Ronald Koeman, but suggestions are that the player could also be moving out on loan or to a joint model of a salary solution plan.

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According to Mirror, Coutinho could be a target for Arsenal as well as Leicester, and that Barca must cut wages of around £160million to be able to register their new signings Aguero and Depay, who both have joined with expectations that everything will be sorted out.

We just have to wait and see for the next step in this ongoing saga about Philippe Coutinho will end, what we believe is that he will not be playing at FC Barcelona next season.

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