Joao Félix 1, Atlético Madrid 0. On loan from the Madrid club to FC Barcelona, the Portuguese striker had no feelings for his (future?) ex-girlfriends -teammates this Sunday night. The 24-year-old, who scored the only goal in La Liga, lived up to expectations after pitching the press with a preference for Barcelona's "style" of play. The talent from Benfica had a strange evening until Diego Simeone's troops went wild. After conceding a foul on the edge of the area, José Maria Giménez directly threatened his opponent.
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"Do you want to fight?" said the Uruguayan defender according to images captured by Movistar+. "You hit me, you hit me," Felix repeated. "Yes, do you want to fight or what?" retorted Gimenez before being called to order by his captain Koke. "There, calm down. Don't you see? He's looking for you to get a second yellow card," the Spaniard told his team-mate, who was cautioned in the 30th minute.
Felix has 'nothing against' Atlético
As soon as the maximum tension subsided at the final whistle, Félix calmed things down after Barça's precious victory. "I have nothing against them," he said of the Colchoneros. I like them very much and I hope they do very well... except against us." Then justified his extravagant celebration, which must not have pleased the fans of the Wanda Metropolitano. "It was a spontaneous celebration. We're in the heat of the moment and it was like a relief after the summer I had. Only my relatives know how I experienced it."
Asked about his former protégé, with whom relations have not always been good, Diego Simeone preferred to kick from the sidelines. "I'm not talking about the other team's players," the Argentine coach said simply. Brilliant since his arrival at Barcelona, Félix remains under contract until 2027 with Atlético Madrid, victim of his efficiency last night.