João Félix puts on the overalls for Portugal

The Atlético player did not have a comfortable match against France, but he is gaining stripes in his team. He fought in defense and was the subject of multiple fouls.


João Félix is gaining weight in his national team ... from his work. The Atlético player completed almost the entire match against France (he was substituted in the 88th minute) in a goalless match where he had to show his version more withdrawn and with more tasks in his own area.

Fernando Santos placed a team with Cristiano in the lead and Bernardo Silva and João Félix on the wings that, despite the offensive profile of the three players, the demand on the sides was that they put on the overalls to help the full-backs to stop the current world champion. Thus, João Félix formed a double winger on many occasions to help Guerreiro on the left and on some occasions Semedo on the right with the clear mission that there would be no French numerical superiority.

An uncomfortable game, with little brightness for the 20-year-old footballer but where you could see the maturity, discipline and tactical and defensive capacity that he has been gaining with Simeone at Atlético. João Félix could barely finish off a couple of times looking for the goal, once from outside the easy area for Lloris and another acrobatic after a lateral foul where Cristiano was also ready to finish. In addition, every time the Portuguese tried to control his back and start driving he was the object of a fault, since the French were mentalized not to let him run.

A very rough game for João Félix, with a lot of defensive responsibility and few appearances in the rival area, but which can serve to cut him off in this type of top-level matches with a script similar to what one might expect in the Champions League debut of the Atlético at the Allianz Arena against Bayern. Although it is true that the player himself and any fan like to see him more freely in attack, being able to exploit all his quality, they are necessary resources at the highest level. For now, he has already started in the three matches of the Nations League in Portugal (not so in the friendly against Spain where Santos rotated the team) and made his debut as a scorer against Croatia. In total there are 9 caps.

Next Wednesday he will have a new opportunity with his team against Sweden before returning to training with Atlético, where he will barely have hours to prepare for the game against Celta (Saturday, 4:00 p.m. in Balaídos). João Félix is in a year where he wants to take a step forward after his first season of acclimatization to the club and for the moment he is achieving it, being the most decisive player in the league debut against Granada and also the most successful despite the draw in Huesca , something that has served to him to be named the best rojiblanco player of September.

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