Like a fighter before going into combat, João Félix relaxed his neck with circular movements and stretched his arms before beginning to answer the battery of questions that awaited him by telematic means. In what may be the last appearance of Atlético de Madrid in a previous one of this Champions League , the 21-year-old Portuguese was placed in the front line of fire by the club and by Diego Pablo Simeone . Since he arrived at Atlético in the summer of 2019, the forward went to a press conference for the first time and his coach confirmed that this Wednesday he will start at Stamford Bridge.
Simeone and João Félix appeared together at a time when the Portuguese He is more of a substitute than ever in the League and the coach's veiled messages towards his figure have not been lacking in recent times. Both staged an idyllic relationship that does not correspond to the confidence that the coach confers on the player or to his assumption of his secondary role. Suddenly, between the choice of the club to expose it to the media and the words of its coach, the figure of João Félix has emerged as indispensable to turn the tie around. The entity and the coach have gone hand in hand to present him to this event as his great opportunity to vindicate himself in the showcase of the Champions League.
João Félix assumed Simeone's speech about the will and talent that his coach gave when he makes a week he was questioned about what he lacked to be a starter. This, like the Cholo, combined will and talent as complementary virtues, but did not admit that he does not make an effort. "Whether or not I lack the will, I don't know, but without the will, talent doesn't come, we have many examples of players who are very talented and then lack something to be top . I don't want to be one of those. I try to put my quality and my will. ”
With another doubt slipping into one of his answers, João Félix also did not clearly admit that he was going through a bad time. "I'm happy and my family too, and as all the players there are not so good phases, I don't know if I'm going through that, maybe that's the way it is and I'm sure I'll get over it," said the Portuguese, who assured that the relationship with Simeone is good. and that that "shut the fuck up, caralho " , which he released after scoring 0-2 in Vila-real, was aimed at Lodi. “You like to talk [to the press] about things you don't know. Lodi was biting me saying that he didn't score a goal. My relationship with Cholo is very good, he always tries to help me. ”
I work in defense
The relationship between the two has always been very marked by the football that both represent. From the first day it has been on the table if João Félix is a player for Simeone and if this is valid for the coach's script. The club denies that the player is going out this summer, but this last third of the season has taken on the appearance of becoming the last chance they give each other. Last season, Jorge Mendes, the player's agent, tested the big Premier League clubs.
In his appearance, João Félix also denied being a player who does not work in defense: “At Benfica I had to defend, in the national team also and here too, it is something that has to be done ”. Simeone, for his part, admitted that the Portuguese also defends, although on more than one occasion he has explained his substitutions by appealing to players like Correa to be more involved in the tasks of underfoot.
The debate has never been on whether João Félix should defend , but yes in what place on the field and for how long should he assume defensive tasks. The first leg in Bucharest , in which the Portuguese played more on his own field than on the contrary, was the prime example of the approach that denatures the Portuguese . "João never lacked intention to defend, we commented on it in a Portugal match against France in which we had seen his tremendous work on the left, because he has it," argued Simeone before ratifying his method to make the team grow. most expensive signing (126 million) in the club's history: "To grow and get to the place where he wants, you have to be complete, because all footballers always work as a result of the team."
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