If Philippe Coutinho traded the Spaniard and multi-champion Barcelona for the English assistant Aston Villa to turn his career positively, at least the first impression is that the decision was right.
He debuted for the new club this Saturday (15), with the shirt number 23. He entered the second stage, when his team lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United. He participated in the 2-1 play and scored the equalizing goal at the end of the match. Final score, 2 to 2.
Coutinho was a request from Aston Vila manager Steven Gerrard, who met the Brazilian when the two played together in Liverpool’s midfield.
The debut comes the day after the player was summoned by Tite to play in the World Cup Qualifiers with the Brazilian team – a choice that was contested on social media and by the press.
If Coutinho had no space at Barcelona and never made it in Spain (or in Germany, where he was before, at Bayern Munich), he is now returning to the Premier League, where he emerged as one of the main players in Europe in the last decade.
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