Atletico Madrid loanee Joao Felix have wreaked havoc among the ranks of Barca attacks, creating waves of attacks which are helping Barcelona almost in every game- as Felix is omnipresent, be it attack or on the midfield. Ahead of the most anticipated FC Barcelona-Atletico Madrid clash at Estadi Olimpic, Rojiblancos president has spoken about his former protege who is creating magic with the Catalans.
Joao Felix- the Portuguese superstar
The inclusion of Joao Felix in the Barcelona squad has been a blessing in disguise for the defending champions. Owing to his exuberance with the ball and ability to be omnipresent, Felix has been a household name at the Catalan capital, and has already been recognized as one of the pivotal players for the Blaugranas. He has scored in crunch matches, and is already rewriting script with the Barca colors, having previously showcasing his emotions while joining the club on deadline day this summer. He had confessed that playing for the defending champions is like a dream, and he would do everything to make his long-standing dream stint at Barca memorable.
Felix, having previously been a superstar for Atletico Madrid, seemed to have fallen out of favor since the rise of several stars within the academy at the Spanish capital. He had been loaned to Chelsea, where things did not seem to go his way, before joining the Rojiblancos at the start. But, maybe, it was in is destiny to wear the Barca colors once in his lifetime, as he was approached by Laporta and team, and the rest is history. In a memorable ‘snatch’ on the deadline day of transfers, Felix arrived at Barca to showcase his worth, and gear himself for one of the biggest memories of his life. Since then, he has been an important first-team striker for Xavi, with the former midfield metronome already making plans to sign him on a permanent basis from Atletico. In the last fixture for Barca against Porto, Felix’s goal was the difference between two sides, which helped Barca pilot up to the Round of 16, a feat which they achieved after two seasons.
A game of emotions
With a crunch fixture approaching between Barca and Atletico, the Rojiblancos president had shared his opinion on the emotional backdrop of Joao Felix, as he might be facing his old teammates at the clash. President Enrique Cerezo had mentioned about Felix’s celebration of goal when he scores nowadays, as he appears to kiss the crest, showcasing his feelings for the Catalan club. He was heard saying, “I hope he doesn’t celebrate if he scores a goal.”
It is reported that Cerezo would be gracing his presence alongside Laporta at the Estadi Olimpic, and he had nothing short of admiration for his Portuguese superstar, as he added, “I always think that football is a spectacle and you have to see the teams with the best players. Of course, Joao Felix is a magnificent player.”
He further added about the various circumstances which had made Felix join Barca, as he delved into the situation by saying “due to various circumstances, he [Felix] is not at Atlético”, before admiring the fact about his big game which said that he “wouldn’t be surprised if Joao had his big afternoon, but if not, then it will be the next one.”
Lastly, he mentioned about the possible celebration and his feelings about the club, as he indicated that if the Portuguese scores, he would express his feelings for the club by kissing the crest. Cerezo mentioned, “Keep in mind that many players kiss the crest, I don’t know what’s on his mind right now, it’s been two years since I talked to him, but if he kisses the Barcelona shield, it is because he feels for Barcelona, if not, he wouldn’t kiss it.”
It all rests upon Felix as how he would celebrate, but he might prove clutch for the defending champions once again by scoring or assisting, which might prove beneficial for Xavi’s brigade.