Valverdes options to replace Coutinho at Barcelona

first_imgNow that we know Philippe Coutinho will be out for three weeks at Barcelona, we give you the options that Valverde has to replace him against Betis.The bad news of Brazilian Philippe Coutinho suffering a nasty femoral muscle injury this week, have brought forward a brand new dilemma for manager Ernesto Valverde during the next three weeks.The Brazilian midfielder was already established as one of the club’s most essential players during the last few weeks, especially after Lionel Messi fell injured when he fractured his arm against Sevilla.When he first arrived in the club last season, it was believed that Philippe Coutinho would be the one who replaced Andres Iniesta as an interior midfielder but he quickly made everybody realize that his skills were better suited for a winger position and he started delivering stellar performances in all competitions.Sadly for everybody, the Brazilian suffered a muscular injury that will set him back for at least three weeks and the manager is already breaking his head as he tries to find the best replacement for him on the club’s upcoming Sunday match against Real Betis.We will give you three alternatives that Ernesto Valverde has to replace Coutinho.🔝 When you score in the @ChampionsLeague just two minutes after coming on! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/lUEcwAhhag— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2018MalcomThe also Brazilian player is fresh out of a good performance in FC Barcelona’s Champions League draw against Internazionale Milano, a match in which he scored his first-ever goal for the Catalan club and celebrated by shedding a few tears of joy.Throughout the week in the wake of Coutinho’s injury, Malcom has already expressed his excitement for possibly being that player who can perform in the same position that the former Liverpool forward left vacant for the next few weeks.On paper, Malcom is actually the most obvious choice to replace Coutinho on the left wing and the manager could show him that he trusts him after responding in great fashion against Inter a few days ago.But Valverde’s options are quite a few, let’s talk about two more.Barça Players Called For International Duty (5/5)🇫🇷 @DembouzFriday, November 16Netherlands v FranceRotterdam, Netherlands8.45pm CETUEFA Nations LeagueTuesday, November 20France v UruguaySaint-Denis, France9.00pm CETFriendly pic.twitter.com/mbNIU5lWt5David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 9, 2018Ousmane DembeleThe French youngster has also been performing well during the last couple of matches, as he has scored some goals and also provided a few assists.The problem with this player is that he usually doesn’t play on the left wing, he is more used to roaming through the right side of the field and making a change of position would be a bit odd.In fact, Dembele is actually likely to play against Betis no matter what but Valverde might end up using him on the left wing to create some discomfort on the opponent’s plans.With two sensitive injuries such as Coutinho and Lionel Messi, manager Quique Setien really has no idea how the Barcelona boss will react and which players will start the match upfront apart from Luis Suarez who has a secured spot as the main striker.⚽💪 All smiles as the hard work continues!🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/tIBZAh4SPw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 8, 2018MessiThe ace under his sleeve without question, Ernesto Valverde has his hands tied with Philippe Coutinho’s injury and he knows that the upcoming match against Real Betis should be taken very seriously.There are very few options of Messi actually playing this game and Valverde might end up using Rafinha as his replacement as he’s been doing lately, but Argentine has been itching to play due to the way he’s been practicing during the week and he may push the manager for some minutes in this match.Knowing that Betis usually isn’t a violent opponent, maybe using Messi for a few minutes is not such a bad idea and we could see that early comeback from the injury before the international break after all.If Messi plays this match, the manager would use Lionel on the right and place either Malcom or Dembele on the left wing to replace Coutinho’s absence.Another one joins Messi.Coutinho suffers a thigh injury and he will be out for up to 3 weeks. It’s good as he will be ready after the international break.Such injury may be good for Malcom. Valverde may rely on Dembélé and Malcom as wingers to play alongside Suàrez (4-3-3). pic.twitter.com/rQJEe8A2Ys— Ahmed Bahgat (@AhmedBahgat28) November 8, 2018Which of these alternatives do you like the most for Barcelona’s upcoming match against Real Betis? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img

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