João Félix asks for a gap

The Portuguese returned to the eleven after three straight games as a substitute in the League. A goal and an assist in 60 minutes to regain feelings.


EI Atlético is going through a great moment of form and internal competition is at its peak. A blessing and a headache for Simeone, who has to rack his brains in every lineup, leaving top-level players on the bench.

With Lemar's huge quality jump, now untouchable in the eleven (he has seven consecutive starts in the League), the top positions are very expensive. And that Cholo is betting on increasingly offensive schemes. Against Valencia, Kondogbia, Torreira, Saúl and Herrera, the most positional midfielders, were substitutes and the last two did not enter. This time it was the opportunity for a João Félix who had accumulated three consecutive substitutions in the League (since December 30 against Getafe). Correa offers a great back and forth work closer to the band and Lemar has got used to playing on the inside.

However, the Portuguese is not satisfied. He wants to be the starter of the season again that led the rojiblanco team with his quality in attack. And he more than took advantage of his opportunity against Valencia. From the first moment he was active, vertical with the ball to drive and be a danger before the goal. At the exit of a corner he got the tying goal with an acrobatic shot, beating Correira on the mark and beating Jaume. The first of the team in this luck so far this season.

Atletico needed the victory and from a great collective move, with a key pass from Hermoso breaking lines, João Félix received to find the uncheck of a Luis Suárez with whom it is increasingly understood that he unbalanced the score. The '7' added a goal and an assist in the hour of the game that was on the field, since after getting ahead Simeone wanted to reinforce the lane protected by Carrasco with the entry of Correa by the Portuguese, which serves to return to feel important in the team

Simeone has already indicated that Atleti needs him in his best version, and the 21-year-old seems determined to return to it. When João Félix has the ball at his feet, everything seems easier. He feels important and is the most different player in the squad in those meters. Of course, Simeone asks him to also empty himself in defense and the player knows that, with this competition, he will have to do it to stay in the eleven.

He has already equaled his figures from last season

With his goal against Valencia, João Félix has reached six goals in the league, the same figure as in all of last season. Together with Llorente, he is the team's second top scorer in the league after Suárez (12). In addition, he accumulates five assists, the best of the team together with Llorente himself, Trippier and Correa and four more goal passes than last year. In Champions he adds three more goals, which also equals his numbers for the 2019-20 season. A player who, after his transition, is beginning to squeeze all his talent.

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