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Feb 17, 2018 at 3.15pm UK at ​Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa (Eibar)
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Ernesto Valverde: 'Leaving out Philippe Coutinho right choice'

Valverde: 'Leaving out Coutinho right choice'
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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde insists that starting with Andres Iniesta over Philippe Coutinho against Eibar "was the best thing for the team".

Ernesto Valverde has defended his decision to bench Philippe Coutinho for Barcelona's meeting with Eibar, insisting that "it was the best thing for the team".

The Brazilian playmaker, who arrived at Camp Nou from Liverpool in a £142m deal last month, was surprisingly left out for the league leaders' trip to the Estadio Ipurua.

Coutinho is ineligible to face Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday night and was therefore expected to get the nod over Andres Iniesta, but he instead had to make do with a cameo appearance from the bench.

Asked about his decision after the match, Valverde simply told reporters: "I thought it was the best thing for the team."

Barca edged Eibar out 2-0 to return to winning ways in La Liga and move 10 points clear at the summit.


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2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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