Barcelona Fans Laud Philippe Coutinho on Social Media Following Debut Performance Against Espanyol

Philippe Coutinho made his first appearance for Barcelona since his staggering £142m move from Liverpool, and fans were in accord over his performance on Thursday.

Barcelona hosted rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey, which saw them needing to turn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi’s first-half goals saw them safely through to the semi-finals.

However, the win was overshadowed by the debut of the second most expensive player in history. Coutinho came off the bench just after the hour mark, replacing Andres Iniesta and reveicing a raucous ovation.

Barcelona v Espanyol - Spanish Copa del Rey

It didn’t take long for the Brazilian to get into the action as his first touch was a nutmeg on an Espanyol player which subsequently won Barca a free-kick.

Fans were certainly pleased with his brief cameo. Here’s reaction from supporters on Twitter from his first outing for Blaugrana:

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