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Coutinho admits Barcelona failings despite good Lyon performance

Coutinho admits Barcelona failings despite good Lyon performance

Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho has admitted that his performances this season have not been up to standard.

The former Liverpool man has been met with heavy critique this term and has since been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou.

In and out of the Barca starting eleven, the Brazilian will now gain more playing time after an injury to Ousmane Dembele.

Whilst he scored against Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday evening to help Barca advance to the quarter-final stage, Coutinho has admitted that he has not played well enough this season so far.

“My recent performances have not been good enough,” Coutinho told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“I know I need to keep improving, that is why I have come here, I try to do my best and maximise my performance level here.

“It is important to build on this performance and now focus fully on the next game, but I am very happy for the performance, victory and qualification for the next round.”

Two weeks ago Barcelona travelled to France for the first leg of this tie and failed to score, having a remarkable 21 shots on Lyon’s goal.

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The visitors arrived confident knowing that a single goal would give them an advantage but they were undone by a wonderful performance from Lionel Messi, who scored two and created two.

The Argentine’s first goal came from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez had been hauled down by Jason Denayer and he would then combine with Suarez once more to play in Coutinho, who walked the ball over the line for Barca’s second.

Barca then kept knocking on the door for a third, but it was Lyon who scored next when Lucas Tousart half volleyed the ball past Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Messi was not finished though as he then ran at the heart of the Lyon defence, turning Denayer and Marcelo inside out, before finishing and sealing Barca’s route to the next round.

Messi would then turn provider as he played in Gerard Pique, who tapped home following one of his burstful runs from the back.

The result and performance from Barca was rounded off when Ousmane Dembele finished well, following a superb pass from Messi once more.