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Coutinho: Barcelona debut against Espanyol was special

Philippe Coutinho was understandably delighted after making his debut for Spanish giants Barcelona Thursday.

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Coutinho: Barcelona debut was special

Philippe Coutinho revelled in his debut for Barcelona after receiving words of wisdom from former star Ronaldinho.

Big deal after big deal for Coutinho

Coutinho made his first appearance since joining from Liverpool in a club-record deal reportedly worth €160million as Barcelona overcame rivals Espanyol 2-0 in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

The Brazil international playmaker came off the bench and impressed in a 22-minute cameo Thursday, Barça sealing a 2-1 aggregate triumph at Camp Nou.

"It has been a special day because these were my first minutes with this club," Coutinho said.

"It was a great night. I am very happy and excited, because of how the fans welcomed me.

"I was a little nervous and anxious because of how big a club this is, but the way everyone welcomed me helped me to relax."