Coutinho: ‘I tried to learn from Iniesta’

• Iniesta was the first one to welcome Coutinho at Barca

Philippe Coutinho said: “Everyone knows what Iniesta represents, but off the pitch he’s a great person. When I signed, he was one of the first to send me a welcome message. For me, it was special to receive that message. It gave me a lot of confidence.

“I’m someone who likes to observe what happens in training and try to learn. I did it with Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and now with Iniesta, because he’s a player with great experience and a unique way of playing, dictating the rhythm of how Barca play.

“I tried to absorb as much as I could from him, just like I do with Leo [Messi], too.”