Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has accused Jose Mourinho of destroying Real Madrid playing style. The former Catalan skipper believes the Los Blancos don’t want to play beautiful football and it started when the Portuguese took over the club. Coach Ernesto Valverde has told Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to be ready to adapt because the tactics will not be changed.
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4. No change of tactics, Coutinho and Dembele must adapt- Valverde
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has told Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to be ready to adapt because the tactics will not be changed halfway in the season. The duo is set to play a key role in the next five months to help boost the attacking department. The French winger suffered a bad hamstring injury when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
“Coutinho can’t play yet, Dembele can play on both sides, but regardless of small changes things are going to be very similar,” Valverde said.
“Coutinho is a player we think can help us. Each player is different and brings something new. He scores, he can shoot. He can play inside or outside and we hope he can contribute and help us to be better.
“It’s a coach’s job to speak about his team. We’re competitive, in three competitions, at the greatest club in the world. We’re always trying to win and make our fans happy. We think our players are the best, that’s the way it is.”
3. Barcelona accept offer from China for Mascherano
Barcelona has finally accepted an offer from Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune for the transfer of Javier Mascherano. The 33-year-old is past his best in European football and Camp Nou is done with him. They reportedly agreed to sell him for a fee less than €5.77 million to cut their losses.
The Argentine will head to the Far East to play alongside former Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi and former Arsenal forward Gervinho. He is set to earn €7m-per-year at Hebei. The Catalan Club is trying to clear the dead wood at the club to cut unnecessary costs. Arda Turan is also set to head back to his country Turkey in few days.