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Dream come true for Atletico; ‘Joäo Felix-Suarez’s Duo after fight’

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Very rarely does a club find the answer to all of its problems in the transfer market.

Atletico Madrid’s signing of Luis Suarez, though, has gone a long way to doing just that.

Diego Simeone is welcoming one of the greatest strikers of the modern era to the club, one that’s achieved so much in a career that’s included spells at Ajax, Liverpool and Barcelona.

Suarez’s 198 goals for the Blaugrana speak for themselves and Atletico will be hoping he can bring that goalscoring touch to the Wanda Metropolitano.


After all, scoring goals was Atletico’s main problem last season, largely because of the lack of a goal threat up front.

Alvaro Morata, who has now left for Juventus, led the scoring charts with just 16 goals, ahead of Diego Costa’s six.

Suarez has scored more than their combined total of 22 in five of his last six seasons at Barcelona, reaching a high of 59 during the 2015/16 campaign.

The Uruguayan’s numbers fell to 25 goals in 2018/19 and 21 in 2019/20, but he’s suffered from fitness problems and knee injuries in that time.


In fact, during his time at the Camp Nou, Suarez never let his goals per game ratio drop under 0.5, meaning he always averaged at least a goal every two games.

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This kind of scoring record is well received by Atletico, who have been searching for a regular goalscorer since Costa left the club for the first time in 2014.

Antoine Griezmann has filled much of the void in that time, but his replacement, Joao Felix, hasn’t been able to back up his numbers.

If the Portuguese starlet and Suarez can connect up front, Atletico could fulfil Saul’s ambitions of challenging in every competition this term.

Suarez has history with attacking partners, having provided Lionel Messi with 47 assists at Barcelona and scored 39 goals himself from the Argentine’s passes.

We could see our first glimpse of this exciting new attacking duo at Atletico when they face Granada on Sunday.


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‘I’m at Atletico, Playing simeone’s style – João Felix

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Joao Felix playing the Champions League’s knockout rounds at Lisbon’s Estadio Da Luz has the makings of a special story.

After leaving Benfica for Atletico Madrid, the 20-year-old is back where his career began, hoping to make history with Atletico.

Looking ahead to the quarter-finals, and hopefully beyond, Joao Felix sat down with MARCA.

Would winning the Champions League in your first season at Atletico Madrid be a dream?

Yes, the Champions League is a high point for any player and even more so for me to be playing it here, at home in Lisbon. I’m very happy and it’s good for me.

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At 19 you were a star for Benfica, at 20 you’re a pillar of Atleti’s future… doesn’t it become dizzying to break through like that?

No, I live and I play. I’m at Atletico to play football and have fun. If I’m one of the faces of the club then that’s a good thing, but I’m working so that the team succeeds.

Do you think that what you do in the Champions League will determine if this season has been good or bad?

No, we just have to focus on the game and then think about the rest later.

Have we expected too much from you since your signing last summer?

You do your job and I do mine. If things don’t go as you like, then I don’t care.

Do you feel as though you have a lot to prove every game because of the 120 million euro price tag?

No. I play the way I want and I’m not bothered by what the press or others think.

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Was there any criticism that particularly bothered you or made you improve?

I try not to listen to it, but I notice some of it. But what can I do?

You are Atletico Madrid’s youngest goalscorer, beating Sergio Aguero. Do you see similarities between yourself and him?

Kun is a great player, but he was at Atletico when I was five years old, so I don’t remember anything. Breaking records is good and of course I’m happy to be part of the club’s history and to have beaten a player like Kun.

Diego Simeone keeps saying that you’ll grow a lot next year, that we have to have patience with you and every young player needs time to adapt. Do you see it that way?

Yeah, let’s see. I’m adapting to Spain and playing my football. I’m always looking to improve.

There are people who say that Simeone’s style isn’t one that suits you. Are they right?

I don’t know. A lot of people say one thing, others say something else. I’m here to play Cholo football and I do whatever he asks me to do.

Simeone shaped Antoine Griezmann from being a good player to a world star. Is that something you want to mirror?

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Yes, yes, yes. If I can do what Griezmann has done, I’ll be very happy because he made history at this club and has done very well. He grew a lot with Cholo and if I do the same then good for me.

Simeone has given you a hard time reminding you that talent alone isn’t enough to play for Atleti. How did you take it?

It’s true.

He said that after the game against Mallorca. What really happened that day?

He wasn’t happy with what I had done on the pitch.

How do you feel in the dressing room? Every time a player speaks and is asked about you, they always ask for patience and say you need time.

Everything is fine. All my teammates are good and they have always tried to get me into the team from the first day. I’m more part of the team every day.

Do you feel as though every time you got close to your best this season you were hit by injury? Is that what stopped us from seeing the best Joao Felix?

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Yes, it’s not an excuse but it happened a lot. As you say, sometimes I was doing well and then had injuries. But that happens.

You played well against Sevilla, Villarreal, Liverpool, but do you think that you still need a big performance against a big team on a big stage?

Of course I’d like to play well but that’s true against either Liverpool or Mallorca. I always want to play well.

Isn’t there too much pressure from Portugal and beyond with you returning to Lisbon?

No. There are other Portuguese players in the Champions League and Atletico Madrid aren’t a Portuguese team.

But fans in Lisbon will support you and, as a result, Atletico. Don’t you think of it like that?

Of course. I was in the city for five years and I know they’ll help me in my return.

Is it disappointing that you’ll start on the bench?

No. We’re all important, whether we start on the pitch or the bench. If I don’t start, I’ll work hard to start the next game.

Has Simeone told you that one minute can change a lot?

Of course. Atletico didn’t win the Champions League a few years ago because of three minutes and it’s true. We have to remember that every minute and every second is important.

Are Atleti due a Champions League because they lost two finals recently?

Yes. The fans, the players and the club love the Champions League. They’ve come very close and not won it and we know that.

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You’re back at the Estadio Da Luz after six amazing months. You’ve already shown you don’t need long to shine.

That was a good time for me and the club [Benfica]. We were three points behind first and we went on to be champions.

What would it mean to play a semi-final and a final at the Da Luz?

It’s a stadium I will always have a lot of affection for. It’s where I scored my first professional goal.

You’re making your debut in the Champions League quarter-finals. Does experience influence a game like this or is it down to talent?

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If the whole team were young then maybe, but one, two or three players is okay I think because young players often play with more freedom, like they’re at school. Playing in the Champions League is a high point for anyone, so for me to be in the quarter-finals at 20 is very good and I’m going to enjoy it.

But can you really enjoy yourself with so many people watching?

It’s the Champions League. If you don’t enjoy playing, then what’s the point?

RB Leipzig don’t have any experience. Is that favourable for Atletico?

No. They’re a good team who’ve had a good season and it will be difficult. We’ve watched them, we know what we have to do.

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Atletico confirms João Felix’s Injury


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Atletico confirms João Felix’s Injury

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Atletico Madrid have confirmed Felix will miss out on Celta clash due to ankle injury.

Felix has scored 8 goals and made 2 assists in 31 games in all competitions after his arrival at Atletico this season.

The Portuguese striker underwent tests on Sunday after replaced by Correa in Atletico 3-0 Mallorca and Atletico have confirmed his injury.

Further treatment is needed and it’s unknown how long he will be sidelined.

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Joao Felix suffers 3 weeks Injury in training


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Joao Felix suffers 3 weeks Injury in training


Joao Felix sprained ligaments in his left knee during Atletico Madrid’s training session on Monday and that will keep him on the sidelines for roughly three weeks.

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In principle, the 20-year-old will not miss any game time as Los Rojiblancos’ first LaLiga Santander match after the restart will come away at Athletic Club in just under three weeks’ time.

“Joao Felix has suffered a low grade medial collateral ligament left knee sprain, as confirmed by tests he underwent at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra,” Atletico’s statement read.

This is the third injury suffered by Joao Felix in his first season at Atletico.

First it was a sprained ankle against Valencia that made him miss four games in LaLiga Santander and two in the Champions League.

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Then, a muscle injury before the Madrid derby at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu saw him miss three league games and the Champions League first leg against Liverpool.

These two ailments mean that Joao Felix has only been able to play in 28 games so far this season.


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Is JOAO Felix yet to convince Atletico MADRID?

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Nine months have passed since Joao Felix joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica, yet his compatibility with the team’s style of play is still questioned.

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One of the latest figures to join the discussion is former Atletico midfielder Paulo Assuncao, who has stood by his compatriot’s decision to sign for Los Rojiblancos.

“Joao Felix made a good choice because [Diego] Simeone is a fantastic coach,” he told Record.

“He and his assistants, Mono Burgos and Nelson Vivas, work very well with the players on the tactical and mental aspects.

“Joao can be a Ballon d’Or [winner] in two or three years.”

Meanwhile, other former players, such as Rafael van der Vaart, don’t understand why Atleti spent 127 million euros on a player who doesn’t fit to their style.

“Joao Felix is a great footballer, but he is at the wrong club and under the wrong coach,” the Dutchman claimed.

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“When Atletico bought him last summer, I immediately thought that they could change their philosophy and start playing football.

“However, that has not been the case.”

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Simao Sabrosa agrees with Van der Vaart.

“I honestly believe that Joao Felix does not fit with the style of play at Simeone’s Atletico Madrid,” he explained.

“[Antoine] Griezmann suffered brutal fatigue on a defensive level and often did not have fuel to join the attack.

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“Simeone’s mentality is to defend, defend, defend and then, later, attack.”

Antonio Cassano has also criticised Atletico’s decision to splash out the sort of sum required to sign the Portuguese forward.

“More than 120 million for a boy who has had a good season at Benfica perhaps is too much,” he stressed.

“But he has Jorge Mendes as agent and some things can make a difference.”


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Barca’s style fit Joao Félix better – Joao Mario says.


Joao Mario, Joao Félix’s compatriot who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow, publically complained that Atlético Madrid’s style doesn’t allow for the young Portuguese’s talent to be seen in full. “He’d suit another one better, like Barca’s”.

Joao Félix received the public applause of Paulo Assunçao. The ex-Atlético player assured that he had been absolutely right to choose Atletico Madrid after leaving Benfica. His compatriot, Joao Mario, however, didn’t agree at all. He made it clear in declarations to ‘Record’.


“Benfica, who play 80% of the game in an organised attack, for Atlético, and even more with the pressure of the price they paid for him, it is not easy in terms of adaptation. Being in a Barcelona team, for example, although of course, the pressure could be greater, is the style of play that could be more adapted to him”, the Lokomotiv player assured.

In fact, he didn’t even recommend Atlético for himself if he had to choose between the big teams in Europe: “I think Barcelona would be where I’d fit in best, I really like that style of play”.

“Atletico is one of those teams that, seen from the outside, is very well worked out, as if it were an Italian team playing in Spain,” the Portuguese midfielder concluded.


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Lionel Messi aggressed with Joao Felix in Spanish cup


Messi, who won his sixth Ballon d’Or last year, came face to face with the youngster as tensions almost boiled over between the two semifinalists.

Portuguese sensation Felix, compared by some to his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, had initially clashed with Barca defender Jordi Alba moments before the half-time whistle, appearing to slap away a finger pointed in his face.


Messi was in no mood to let this slide and waited for the 20-year-old as the players began to walk off the pitch.

The Barcelona captain stood in the way of Felix as the pair continued to argue, needing players from both teams to separate them.


Ultimately, it was Felix who got the last laugh as his side scored two late goals and progress to Sunday’s final against city rivals Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi clashed with Joao Felix during Thursday’s semifinal.


Atletico strike late
Diego Simeone’s side took the lead early in the second half courtesy of Koke but goals from Messi and Antoine Griezmann seemingly put the Catalan club in control.

However, Alvaro Morata converted a penalty with less than 10 minutes remaining before Angel Correa netted a clinical winner for Atletico in the 86th minute.

There is a new format for this season’s Spanish Super Cup with the top two clubs from La Liga and the two finalists from the Copa del Rey competing in a four-team competition in Saudi Arabia.

The decision to relocate the tournament has drawn criticism from human rights groups.


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