Philippe Coutinho "thrilled" with Barcelona debut, hails "very special night" in his career
Posted: 26 January 2018 Time: 14:54
Philippe Coutinho admitted it was a "very special night" for him after he made his Barcelona debut in the Copa del Rey win over Espanyol.
The Brazil international joined the Catalan giants from Liverpool at the start of the January transfer window and made his first appearance in the famous kit on Thursday as Barca progressed to the semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Coutinho's former club, where he spent time on loan in 2012.
Image: Philippe Coutinho makes Barcelona debut after coming on as replacement for club legend Andres Iniesta
And, speaking after the game, a clearly delighted Coutinho said: "For me, it's a great night, a very special night.
"They are my first minutes with this club and I'm very happy, thrilled.
"The reception I got from the fans and the players left me happy. I was a little anxious, nervous, but the way they all received me left me very calm."