Philippe Coutinho: I will feel part of Barcelona's UCL success even if I'm cup-tied

Philippe Coutinho says he will still be a part of any success Barcelona have in the Champions League despite being cup-tied following his transfer from Liverpool.

Barca's club-record signing is not eligible to play for them in Europe this season having already represented Liverpool in the group stages before joining the Catalan club in January.

However, Coutinho feels he still has a part to play in the team's pursuit of their sixth European Cup.

"We all want to play in the biggest competitions but despite [being cup-tied] I didn't think twice about the opportunity [to sign for Barca]," the Brazil international told 8TV.

"Even though I can't play in the Champions League, if we win it, of course, it will still feel like mine. I will be part of it, for sure, training with [the team] and cheering them on.

"I am with a group of players that has great quality and I hope they can win it. I have a long contract here and I will get the chance to play [for Barcelona] in the Champions League in the coming seasons."

Having topped their group before Christmas, Barcelona face Chelsea in the round of 16, with the first leg at Stamford Bridge on Feb. 20.

Despite Chelsea's poor form, Coutinho, who knows the Premier League side well from his time in England, is anticipating a difficult tie.

"They're a tough side, difficult to beat," he added. "Tactically they are very good. They will make things complicated for us."

Coutinho has made four appearances since joining Barca but his position is still a cause for debate among the local media.

So far he has played wide on the right, on the left and in Andres Iniesta's deeper position in midfield, with coach Ernesto Valverde saying his versatility is a big bonus for Barca.

"I don't mind what position I play in," Coutinho said. "I will play where the coach tells me to play. Everything is different at Barcelona, I have to adapt. I've played on the left more, but I will adapt to wherever I play."