& # 39; Fantastic goal, ugly party & # 39 ;: Philippe Coutinho's master class against Manchester United may have closed his future in Barcelona for a new season … but his mocking fans are not forgotten
- Philippe Coutinho's performance was arguably his best home in Barcelona
- He was excellent and scored a great goal to complete the victory
- But he celebrated sticking his fingers in his ears, which would have hurt the fans
- It could have been a night of acceptance, but the torment will not be forgotten
Philippe Coutinho's performance at the Nou Camp last night encouraged the club to fight to keep him at the end of the season, but his celebration would have done little to win the Barcelona supporters.
It was Coutinho's best home display and probably the second best game he played since he arrived for € 140 million in January 2018. His last performance in the Spanish Cup was probably just over, but it was special. He was daring, aggressive and quick to set up the ball when it came to him – exactly what he was asked this season.
But & # 39; Great goal, ugly celebration & # 39; finished as the headline in Barcelona & # 39; Diario Sport & # 39; and they quoted lipappers and claimed that he said: & # 39; Vai a tomar no cu & # 39; as his fingers stuck into his ears – a Portuguese expression comes down to & # 39; f *** you & # 39 ;.
Philippe Coutinho placed his best home screen for Barcelona against Manchester United
The Brazilian scored his & # 39; s third goal of the evening with an exquisite right-handed curling iron
He was harassed by his teammates but he made a remarkable point during his celebrations
The former Liverpool playmaker stuck his fingers in his ears in a gesture to the fans
It was not always easy for the former Liverpool to come forward. Back in March, when he left with 10 minutes of a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano, a minority called out and whistled him as he made his way to the sidelines.
THE PERFORMANCE OF PHILIPPE COUTINHO vs MANCHESTER UNITED
Shots on target): 1 (1)
Passing (accuracy): 48 (85.4 percent)
Passing, ending in last third: 24
Dribbles tried: 6
Success rate dribbles: 50 percent
There was even a suggestion from the Catalan media last night that home defenders were abused early in the game. The only thing that Coutinho & # 39; s passionate spirit should have been when he saw his shot hit De Gea. Celebrating the goal would never go unnoticed.
Manchester United had given him ample space and time to produce his straight-on-the-ground curling iron for his party piece, but he still had to convey it brilliantly.
It was perhaps the start of his acceptance at the Nou Camp.
But after he had put the ball in the upper corner of David De Gea, he should not forget his fingers. It was also noted that when Coutinho left with 10 minutes to go, he did not bring back the applause from the supporters.
The club will want to reflect on the goal, not the party. & # 39; I'd rather focus on the goal and what he did on the field tonight, not the small details, & # 39; said trainer Ernesto Valverde.
Coutinho was replaced by ten minutes to go, but he did not applaud the home supporters
The goal of Coutinho was beauty and it could have been a catalyst for acceptance at the Nou Camp
Ernesto Valverde has defended Coutinho all season and his performance was justification
He has defended Coutinho all season and this was also his statement. He sees Coutinho as a front-three player and not someone who can play in the midfield of Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele is fit again and replaced Coutinho last night.
But after his best 80 minutes at Camp Nou, the feeling is that he is now ahead of the French winger.
If he can stay there until the end of the season, it seems certain that he will stay in the club this summer. Chelsea remains his only suitor in the Premier League and their ability to buy him depends on whether they have suspended their transfer ban.
Representatives from Coutinho will be less concerned about the conclusions of FIFA and then about the Court of Arbitration after the screening last night.
It might have been a missed opportunity to put some credit in the bank with supporters who are patient with their own players, but if he continues to keep scoring goals, it is not credit that he will soon need.