Philippe Coutinho can’t tell what went wrong for him at Camp Nou.
The Brazilian midfielder joined English side Aston Villa on a six-month loan and is expected to make the move permanent by the summer.
He moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2018 from Liverpool where he was playing some of his best football in his career.
After making a dream start for Aston Villa, Coutinho reflects on his time at Liverpool and what went wrong at Barcelona.
Coutinho told Globo Esporte: “Perhaps ‘stronger than before’ fits right here. You can’t play in England without being physically fit.
“I have a beautiful story at Liverpool, I was happy there, now I’m starting to write a story at Aston Villa. I’m happy that once again I’m able to play well in England, as I’ve played in Italy, Spain and Germany.
“It’s hard to say what didn’t work at Barca. Maybe some points from what you mentioned (about injuries). I had good times there, but the sequence and the way of acting were factors that could have been different.”
“It was time to move forward, always with great respect and professionalism. I am grateful to Barcelona for believing in my work and I am grateful for having defended a club with a lot of history.”