Coutinho played the final 22 minutes against Espanyol
The Brazil forward, recently signed for a whopping £142 million from Liverpool, had not played this year having struggled with a thigh injury since moving to Spain. Last night, the playmaker was involved the final 22 minutes in Barcelona's match against Espanyol.
After overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Espanyol, Barcelona have now advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Coutinho said he had been hit by a bout of nerves prior to coming on against Espanyol. He admitted that the reaction of his colleagues and fans helped calm him.
He told Barcelona’s official website: “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.
“It was a difficult game, as you’d expect, against a team who Played well. I think from the first half we controlled the game well and we’ve deserved to win.”