At Camp Nou, the Brazil international came on just before the hour mark and scored a late goal to give the hosts the three points.
Philippe Coutinho’s contribution off the bench for Barcelona in a 3-1 win over Valencia on Sunday was complimented by Ronald Koeman, who stated that he has “always believed” in the midfielder’s ability and suggested that with physical growth, the midfielder might earn a bigger role in the team. With his side up by one goal at Camp Nou, the Brazil international came on just shy of the hour mark, and his side went on to score their third goal late in the day to seal victory.
Coutinho had not scored in the top level since late 2020, when he was injured.
“It was good,” Koeman told reporters at his post-match press conference when asked about Coutinho’s performance and impact following his introduction into the match.
“When he entered the game he was good. With his freedom we were able to control the game better. He knows how to score goals, he has taken an important step because I have always believed in Coutinho. Physically, he is getting better and better.
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