Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Coutinho pours cold water on Premier Leaue return

Coutinho pours cold water on Premier Leaue return

Manchester United are now in sixth place in the Premier League table in the race to secure a spot in the Champions League for next season.

Philippe Coutinho has admitted that facing old foes Manchester United gives him added motivation as Barcelona prepare to take on the Red Devils in the Champions League.

"I still have these battles in my memory and if Barcelona beat United, it will double the personal satisfaction for myself".

United head into the match as underdogs against a Barcelona side now 11 points clear at the top of La Liga. "Returning to England now does not fit into my plans", Coutinho told the Mirror ahead of Barca's Champions League quarter-final showdown against United.

The Brazilian was in action for the Catalans in their 2-0 win over La Liga title contenders Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday.

That doesn't mean, however, that he doesn't want to return to his former home ground at all: if both Barcelona and Liverpool prevail in the quarters, they'll meet in the semi-finals in Europe.

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"I'm glad that Liverpool are doing well this year".

"The tie is tough", Coutinho said of Barcelona's upcoming clash against United. I was fortunate to score in the semis to get us to the European Cup final.

"We know that Messi is arguably the world's best footballer in our generation, and when you have that sort of mentality, it is always hard". So, I want more and more. The atmosphere and the history are incredible and if, on top of that, you get a positive result, then it's very special.

Lukaku started 12 of United's opening 17 Premier League games under Jose Mourinho, but was only named once in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first eight league line-ups as the Norwegian preferred Rashford at centre-forward. "But they know that later we could see them at Anfield and then, of course, I will be there with Barcelona wanting to win".

He also says they have an excellent chance of springing a surprise having already proved themselves good enough to compete with the best sides after knocking out Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

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