Philippe Coutinho arrived at FC Barcelona last January, and now, just three months later, the Brazilian star will play in his first final as a Barça player. The Blaugrana will face Sevilla FC in the final of the Copa del Rey (Saturday, 9.30pm CEST) in what could be the 30th cup win in Barça’s history. Coutinho has previewed the final and analysed Saturday’s opponents:
"I came here to play these types of matches and win titles. Being able to play a final is a very important and very happy moment,” Coutinho explained.
In addition, the Brazilian said: "The days leading up to it are experienced with an eagerness to play, they are great moments and I am anxious for it to arrive. It's my first chance to play a final with Barça and I'll do everything that depends on me so we can play a great game."
"In a final you never know what can happen, it's all different. It will be a great game and we have to play like Barça and look at our goals, always trying to win,” the No.14 also stressed.
As for the opponents, Coutinho noted: "Sevilla are a great team. We played against them in the league and it was very difficult. Now we have a few days to prepare for the game with the coach and we hope to get it right. We know their quality and how they play, but we must think about ourselves and then ensure we play a good game.”
He added: “Sevilla’s main strength is that they play well as a team, with a lot of quality and who counterattack quickly. They also like to have possession, so we must watch the whole team.“
"On the way to the stadium I like to listen to music to concentrate. I like all kinds of styles, but I listen more to Brazilian samba songs. Joyful songs. Also, the day before, I try to think a bit about the game before going to sleep,” the No.14 said.
Finally, Coutinho also talked about his adaptation: "I'm trying to work hard to help the team. The position in which I play depends more on the coach, but I always try to be prepared, learning and listening, both to defend and to attack. I have to be prepared for when they need me, and I like being able to participate in attack and helping the team.