Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Barcelona coach Valverde delighted with Coutinho debut in Copa triumph

Barcelona coach Valverde delighted with Coutinho debut in Copa triumph

Barcelona will face either Valencia, Sevilla or Leganes in the final four of the domestic cup competition.

"Besides a couple of misplaced passes, he didn't put a foot wrong". Coutinho's debut comes a less than three weeks after signing with Barcelona. Their attacking approach paid off too as they opened the scoring after just nine minutes as Luis Suarez nodded home Aleix Vidal's cross from the right.

Prior to the game, Javier Mascherano said his goodbyes to the Barca faithful ahead of his move to China.

Lionel Messi will be hoping to add to his 25 goals this season, 2 of which have come in the Copa Del Rey.

"Barcelona fans will have liked what they saw in the 22 minutes was on the Camp Nou pitch against Espanyol", was the reaction from Marca.

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The Brazilian has been injured since joining Barcelona. Aside from, you know, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Adriano, Dani Alves and Neymar, to name a few. Jasper Cillessen continued in goal, having played in every Copa del Rey match so far this season.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has thanked Barcelona fans for their warm welcome. Instead of showing red to the Barca left back, the referee waved play on, afraid to draw the ire of Supreme Leader Coutinho.

Espanyol keeper Lopez then made a sensational double save to deny Suarez then Ivan Rakitic with 25 minutes to go but the home side get pushing for another goal. Messi received the ball on the left flank and with the ball sticking to his feet like a glue, he proceeded to run towards Espanyol's defence. Our guess is he didn't want to upstage the man who actually sparked Barcelona to victory.

Coutinho had better get used to that winning feelings.

Nevertheless, Barcelona has won the Copa a record 29 times.

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