Philippe Coutinho reveals he has ‘a lot of hunger to work and achieve big things’ at Barcelona after continuing to revive his Nou Camp career with crucial strike against Sevilla
- Philippe Coutinho scored the equaliser in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla
- Ronald Koeman has started the Brazilian playmaker in all three La Liga games
- Coutinho is reviving his Barca career despite seeming likely to leave recently
- He scored twice against Barcelona for loan club Bayern Munich in the summer
It wasn’t even two months ago that Coutinho scored twice against Barcelona in their humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich, and his future looked to be away from the Nou Camp.
But since returning from his loan spell in Bavaria, Coutinho has started all three of Barcelona’s La Liga fixtures this season and has already made a significant impact, scoring the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday.
Philippe Coutinho scored the decisive equaliser in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday
Coutinho has started all three of Barcelona’s La Liga fixtures, scoring once and assisting twice
Coutinho had a successful season with the German giants, scoring 11 times in 38 appearances on his way to winning Bundesliga and Champions League medals, but Bayern opted out of seeking a permanent deal.
During his first spell at Barca he failed to find the spark that landed him a £145million move from Liverpool in January 2018, and fell out of favour. But the arrival of head coach Koeman has seen Coutinho find new life at the club.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Coutinho said: ‘I’ve got a lot of hunger to work and achieve big things.’
Barcelona dropped points for the first time this season against Sevilla, but it could’ve been worse if it weren’t for Coutinho’s 10th-minute strike. With two victories and a draw so far, Coutinho is confident that they can kick on when they return to action on October 18 against Getafe, following the international break.
‘It was a tough and difficult game [but] we knew that already,’ he said. ‘When we return, it’s about continuing to work.
‘We’ve had a difficult first three games, but we’re just getting started. We’re used to this and we’ll keep working.
‘Sevilla played very well. There were a lot of Sevilla players in the centre of midfield and that’s why we struggled a bit. We have to correct that.’
Boss Ronald Koeman has handed Coutinho the chance to revive his Nou Camp career
Coutinho scored twice for loan club Bayern Munich in the 8-2 hammering of Barca last season