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Barcelona’s Pique backs struggling Coutinho to fire against FC Lyon

first_imgLa Liga’s Real Betis footballer Marc Bartra on the ‘worst 15 minutes of his life’ Philippe Coutinho was always going to have a hard time filling the void left by Andres Iniesta but just over a year into his Barcelona contract, the Brazilian might not have expected this. Substituted during Barca’s win over Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou on Saturday, Coutinho was whistled by a small section of his own fans. The Brazil playmaker has been struggling for fitness ahead of their Champions League second leg against FC Lyon tonight. “Philippe is having a good season,” Gerard Pique said.Related News “He cost a lot and that means there are higher expectations but it is what it is. You have to accept the reaction of the fans because at the end of the day they’re our fans. We all have to give him support because we need him at his best in the final stage of the season and I’m sure he will be.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years Barca leave it late to sneak past Leganeslast_img read more