Philippe Coutinho Comments On First Barca Goal

Barcelona possible Getafe

Barcelona possible Getafe

This put Barca in a commanding position and they booked their place in the final when Ivan Rakitic finished well after more excellent work from Luis Suarez.

"I think that in the first half we deserved to go level, but we did not do it and then their goal (Coutinho's) decided the tie".

"It's a very happy day", he told GOL.

"My first goal for Liverpool was also set up by [Suarez]", said Coutinho, recalling his first Premier League goal against Swansea City on February 17, 2013.

Barcelona have won the trophy for the last three years and face Sevilla in the final on April 21, a re-run of the 2016 showpiece which the Catalans won 2-0 after extra time.

"I hope I can help him and Leo [Messi] to score goals, too". I am starting to learn how the team works, how Barca works. "Today I got it and it helped the team get through to the final".

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Philippe Coutinho Comments On First Barca Goal

In a post-match interview, Coutinho expressed joy at opening his goalscoring account for Barcelona, made even more special by the assist coming from Suarez.

"We thought it would be very hard and that's how it was, but we're going home with the final ticket in our pocket".

Nevertheless, Umtiti is suspended while Thomas Vermaelen has been out of action since picking up a hamstring injury in the 5-0 win over Real Betis on 21 January and is still uncertain whether the Belgium worldwide could be back to face Getafe.

"Barca have been used to playing finals in recent years, but not so much in my case", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, for whom the win came on the eve of his 54th birthday.

The goal seemed to sap the belief from the Mestalla crowd and the Valencia players and Suarez almost curled home a second Barca goal after a sustained period of possession for the visitors. It's not easy to repeat and repeat [success] like that. Pique had been listed as doubtful because of a knee injury.

Valverde will thus now have to decide whether it is worthy taking another risk with Pique against Getafe given that the La Liga clash will come just nine days before the crucial Champions League trip to Chelsea. "At the end, he felt some discomfort and we reached a point where we decided not to risk him anymore, so we changed him".

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