Philippe Coutinho may not have rediscovered the intense form which saw him move to the Camp Nou, but a Champions League fixture against Manchester United could be just the supplement he needs to rediscover his old self.
Barcelona face United at Old Trafford, and then at Camp Nou. With the winner of the tie to face Liverpool or Porto in the semi finals, and Coutinho has explained “it will be a double satisfaction” to see off United when the Champions League convenes for the Quarter finals.
“It won’t make any difference to me,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“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 knock United out of Europe, it will be a double personal satisfaction for me.”
On possibly facing Liverpool in the semi final of the Champions League, Coutinho said: “I know that Liverpool supporters will be with us at United.”
“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.”