'Great player' Philippe Coutinho must fight to change Barca situation - Ernesto Valverde

Valverde señala a la cantera en la derrota ante el Levante

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Coutinho, however, making his first start in nearly a month, converted an 85th-minute penalty to leave Barca in touch heading into next week's second leg at the Camp Nou. Mikel San Jose pulled Bilbao level at San Mames after Nolito's opener but second-half goals from Andre Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder mean Sevilla will be strong favourites to go through. "The team deserved that, above all for the second half".

In the 18 man squad, most names are of the younger and academy players who are certainly going to get a chance to show their talent, however, there will be a few first teamers playing as well because Barcelona will certainly be looking to carry home a few away goals in the bag and need experienced men to do so. They had [Jose Luis] Morales' chance [to make it 3-0], but I think in general we were better and deserved - at the very least - our goal.

He seems keener to adjust this term as a much-changed line-up included a debut for central defender Jeison Murillo, a January loan signing from Valencia, as well as youngsters like Chumi Brandariz, Juan Miranda and Carles Alena.

Coutinho, underwhelming on what was his first start since December's Champions League draw with Tottenham, stepped up to convert from 12 yards but there was to be no late rally from the visitors. The Brazilian, the club's record signing at €160 million, had endured a frustrating night before scoring the late penalty.

'When Dembele wasn't playing, everyone was asking me about him, ' said Valverde after the Levante game.

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"Now he plays and Coutinho doesn't and it is the other way around". Both of them have played tonight. Coutinho has to work to turn things around.

"But, come on, one or the other is almost always playing".

"Coutinho is a great player who has given us a lot and will give us a lot".

"It's hard to come into the side, too, when you've not been playing [regularly] and you have less confidence and rhythm".

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