Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has offered his backing to teammate Philippe Coutinho, on the again of the Brazilian’s newest disappointing displaying.
Barcelona Three-1 Rayo
Barca welcomed Rayo Vallecano to the Camp Nou final evening, for a La Liga conflict.
Ernesto Valverde’s males headed into proceedings having had their lead atop the Spanish top-fight minimize to only four factors earlier within the day, after Atletico Madrid put Leganes to the sword by a purpose to nil.
The Blaugrana, although, took one other step in direction of retaining their home crown, courtesy of a hard-fought Three-1 victory.
Rayo really took the lead in Catalunya, when a person piece of brilliance from Raul De Tomas noticed the Actual Madrid loanee pick the underside nook of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s purpose from the sting of the field.
Barcelona pulled degree shortly earlier than half-time, although, as Gerard Pique acquired on the tip of Lionel Messi’s pinpoint free-kick to nod dwelling.
And Messi turned scorer 5 minutes after the interval, slotting dwelling confidently from the penalty-spot.
Luis Suarez then went on to wrap up the three factors for the hosts within the 80th-minute, ending off a typically-sumptuous free-flowing Blaugrana counter-attack.
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On an in any other case constructive evening for the Catalan giants, nonetheless, one supply of concern proved the efficiency of Philippe Coutinho.
Brazilian attacker Coutinho, who made the transfer to Catalunya from Liverpool in January of the final 12 months, appeared largely misplaced on the left of Barca’s front-Three, as soon as once more struggling to rediscover his good greatest.
And a few sections of the Blaugrana devoted made their frustrations with Coutinho very a lot clear upon the 26-year-old being substituted 10 minutes from time, as jeers rung across the Camp Nou. (To be clear, giant sections of supporters additionally applauded the South American).
As such, amid mounting issues that Coutinho might not possess what it takes to succeed at Barcelona, Gerard Pique was final evening questioned on the criticism being aimed within the course of his Blaugrana teammate.
The Spanish stopper, although, urged Coutinho to ‘settle for the response’ of the Barca devoted, explaining:
‘Clearly, he value quite a bit and which means there are larger expectations surrounding his performances. It’s what it’s. It’s a must to settle for the response of the followers as a result of on the finish of the day they’re our supporters. It’s a must to respect [their opinion].’
Pique was additionally eager to offer his backing to his gifted teammate, persevering with:
‘We — his teammates and folks on the membership — have to provide him all of the assist on this planet. We want him at his greatest within the remaining stage of the season and I’m positive he will probably be.’
Quotes by way of ESPN
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