Barcelona assistant: Coutinho is not at last year's level

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Ghana forward Emmanuel Boateng provided an assist for UD Levante in their 2-1 win over Barcelona in the quarter-finals first leg of the Copa Del Rey at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Thursday evening.

Arsenal target Denis Suarez was brought on however and won his side's penalty with six minutes remaining after a superb individual run down the inside right channel.

Defender Murillo was making his debut for Barca after joining on loan from La Liga rivals Valencia last month.

Opportunities were flowing at both ends with Ousmane Dembele and Malcom both failing to beat Aitor Fernandez from promising positions.

The second half picked up from where the first off finished as Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was into action on two occasions by Mayoral and Moses Simon in the opening 15 minutes. "Coutinho gives us a lot and will keep giving us a lot".

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Barca were without a host of regulars as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba were all afforded a break amid a busy January schedule.

The Catalans have emerged successful in each of the last four editions of the Copa del Rey and there is no reason to believe them into not being favourites this time out.

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.

As if to provide a service to parent club Madrid, the Spanish striker saved his best for the LaLiga leaders, complementing the first-half strike with two key passes, one of which should have resulted in a goal for team-mate Morales.

The 26-year-old too often afforded Mayoral space in which to operate around the penalty area and paid the price on Levante's preventable second goal.

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