Speaking ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford Barcelona’s Phillip Coutinho has said it will give him personal satisfaction to knock United out of the competition.
Coutinho in an interview to Sunday Mirror said,
“If they boo myself and Luis Suarez, then that’s normal at Old Trafford because of the team we used to play for. But it won’t make any difference to me.
“And, even more than that, it is an incentive to play better and to be even more focused.
“I know that games against Manchester United are special. I learned what they meant during my time at Liverpool when we lived it so intensely with the fans.
“I have that nailed in my memory and, even though this is a different stage, if Barcelona
“I know that Liverpool supporters will be with us at United,” said Coutinho.
“But they know that later we could see them at Anfield and then, of course, I will be there with Barcelona wanting to win. It would be a dream to play at Anfield again, an explosion of different feelings, I’m sure. But I have to be honest and say I would have preferred to meet Liverpool only in the final itself.”
“I don’t have an particular advice for my team-mates because Barcelona are used to playing these big games and to having the second tie at home. Everyone wants to win this tie, not just me.
“In almost five seasons with Liverpool I had both good and bad results there, so I’m not really thinking about the past. I only think about the present and knocking United out.”
Potential Anfield Return?
Talking about the potential reunion with Liverpool at Anfield Coutinho added,
“Let’s see, I hope it happens, but we have a big game first at Old Trafford,” he said.
“What I can say is that I’m glad that Liverpool are doing well this year and, if the draw had been different, I would have liked to play the Champions League Final against them.
“ Klopp is a great coach and it was only a matter of time before he got the team performing the way they are.
“They are having an incredible season. But so are we – and I am focused first on Barcelona.”
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Barcelona will be playing Manchester United in their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals clash.
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