Philippe Coutinho Plays Down Comparison With Barcelona Icon Andres Iniesta Ahead Of Champions League Nou Camp Bow

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho spoke to the media on the eve of Tuesday's clash with PSV

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho played down comparisons between himself and club legend Andres Iniesta on the eve of Tuesday Champions League clash with PSV.

Coutinho, a £145million signing from Liverpool in January, has emerged as a direct replacement for Iniesta, who left to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe in May, after wining nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues in a two-decade Barca career.

But the 26-year-old Brazilian insists he must improve a lot before he can be considered Iniesta’s equal.

Coutinho, pictured training on Monday, is set to make his Champions League debut for Barca

‘Andres was a genius, comparisons between us are tough,’ Coutinho told a press conference on Tuesday. ‘I just want to be myself and win as much as I can here.

‘I try to work hard regardless of my position and I work hard on every aspect of my game, I feel more of an attacking midfielder and I am comfortable on the left as this is where I’ve played the most.

‘My goal is to improve at everything and if I want to be like Andres Iniesta I have to improve a lot.

‘My first job is to make plays in the midfield, in the middle it’s more difficult as I have to hold on to the ball and help my team-mates.

‘In attack I can contribute to more goals, but I will do whatever job the coach asks me to do.’

Tuesday’s game at the Nou Camp will see Coutinho make his Champions League debut for Barca.

He was cup tied last season after in five group games for Liverpool.


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