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Coutinho says he missed EPL after scores on debut to rescue point for hosts

Published on: 16 January 2022

Philippe Coutinho signed for Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona this month.

For a player who was signed by Barcelona for £142m, to replace an iconic Brazilian in Neymar, coming off the bench for Aston Villa to score an equaliser against Manchester United just over four years later would not normally be viewed as a cause for celebration.

But given what Philippe Coutinho has been through since he swapped Liverpool for the Nou Camp and embarked on a journey that just seemed to take him further from his intended path the longer it went on, there was an immense sense of satisfaction for the 29-year-old as he left Villa Park with cheers ringing in his ears.

"I missed these games and the Premier League," he told Sky Sports. "It was a good start and we kept believing until the end.

‘I was little bit nervous before the game. I don’t speak English very well. ’said Coutinho. 

‘I prefer to be on the pitch than talking all the time. There have been many ups and downs since I left the Premier League. It is in the past, I'm here and I'm focused on the objectives of the club and the manager.

‘I want to work hard to improve and be in better shape. I want to do a good job to help my team-mates and the club.’


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