Chelsea target compared to Lionel Messi

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Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho has underperformed since leaving Liverpool in 2018 for a fee of around £155m.

Coutinho’s struggle at Barcelona led him to a season-long loan move to German side Bayern Munich.

Coutinho was the star at Liverpool as everything went through him while playing for the Reds, but former Barca star Frank de Boer, has revealed that his struggles at Barcelona is because he could not feature in the role that was already held by Lionel Messi and thus and to play in another role.

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The former Barca star told talkSPORT: “I think Coutinho was a player where everything [went through] him, every ball went to him at Liverpool.

“He could probably do less work, basically what Messi does with Barcelona.

“And the thing is you see how everything works together, it’s like a machine.

“If one is not doing it it’s fine maybe, they can handle that, but if it’s two similar types of players, that they also want every ball and have that special position in the team, then you see how vulnerable a team can be.

“I think we saw that with Barcelona. There’s only one that can do that now and that is Messi.

“The team is adapting and if you have to adapt for two players like this, it’s difficult.

“I think Coutinho is an unbelievable player but sometimes he doesn’t fit the puzzle and maybe with another club it will go perfectly well.

“It doesn’t mean he is a bad player. It doesn’t mean that you are not a great player when you can’t play for Barcelona – no.

“It sometimes doesn’t fit your style of play and sometimes you have bad luck, not bad luck, that Messi’s around and he has that role, and then you have to do a different role that doesn’t suit you a little bit.

“So it’s a shame for Coutinho but I think now he will do okay.”

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