Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona form has been "a lot worse" than expected

Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona form has been

"Coutinho had a hard season in Barcelona", said Silva.

A number of Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in the Brazilian, including Manchester United, as well as PSG in France.

"Like I said, I haven't had a great season".

In a recent interview, Coutinho himself admitted he did not have a good time on the field for the Catalan club in the 2018/19 campaign.

Brazil expect to win every tournament they play, especially at home, but they go into next week's Copa America without their talisman Neymar and lacking some of the sparkle that has always been their stock in trade.

"The only way to improve and gain confidence is through hard work, and I have been working hard".

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And Coutinho insists he must get better.

Seen as one of the players who must step up in that absence, Coutinho scored from the spot on Sunday while also assisting on a Thiago Silva goal in a 7-0 rout of Honduras in Brazil's last tune up before they open up group play against Bolivia on Friday.

Despite his poor form, Coutinho has been called up to the Brazil squad for this summer's Copa America. "But here, in the national team, he's key for us, especially when we do not have Neymar", said the Brazilian defender.

"In the two friendlies that we have played, he has been the best player on the pitch", Silva noted.

"He is a lot happier again now and he is playing with a smile".

"I'm very happy and not at all uncomfortable talking about this player because we are very close". "In the first friendly match, he tried to calm the match down and asked Neymar to help more".