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5 Barcelona superstars who will be highly influential during the decisive stages of the campaign

Jidonu Mauyon
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4.62K   //    12 Jan 2019, 10:55 IST

Barcelona superstars - Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele
Barcelona superstars - Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele

Catalan giants, FC Barcelona had a decent outing last term, claiming both the La Liga title and the Copa Del Rey trophy during Ernesto Valverde's first year at the club and they have come back stronger this season as they set their sights on winning the treble.

It has been a promising campaign from the Blaugrana so far, who currently sit on top of the La Liga table with an impressive 5 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid. Ernesto Valverde's men have also progressed into the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League with a Round of 16 encounter with Olympique Lyonnaise up next while they also remain in contention to defend the Copa Del Rey trophy.

While most of their players have been firing on all cylinders since the beginning of the campaign, it is important to acknowledge that there are bigger tests ahead. Therefore, we decided to highlight 5 Blaugrana superstars who would be highly influential as the campaign enters its decisive phase:


#5. Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian maestro will be a vital asset to the Catalan giants
The Brazilian maestro will be a vital asset to the Catalan giants

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has found life a bit difficult at the Nou Camp this season amidst a run of poor form which has seen him lose his place in Ernesto Valverde's starting lineup but it would be a huge mistake to write him off yet because the attacker still has a lot to offer.

Regardless of his struggles so far during the term, the former Liverpool superstar is still the man that Barcelona need to count on when they reach the decisive stage of the campaign - thanks to his incredible ability to unlock even the strongest defences in the blink of an eye. 

He can find the back of the net from long range, which makes him a vital asset against opponents that sit behind while his ability to play both in attack and in the middle will give Ernesto Valverde plenty of options squad.

A well-proven talent in European football, there is no doubt Coutinho will definitely bounce back to his best and his goal against Levante in the Copa Del Rey during the midweek will do a lot in boosting his confidence as we approach the decisive stages of the campaign. 

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Jidonu Mauyon
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Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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