Reencountered with the goal four games later, with the controversial gesture of his celebration at 0-2 and already surpassed his offensive numbers from last year, with 10 goals by 9 from then, Joao Félix is still searching for the undisputed role in Diego Simeone’s eleven, in which it is for now the headline number 12.
Not counting the Copa del Rey, in which the coach lined up blocks almost full of regular substitutes both in front of the Cardassar Like Cornellá, the Portuguese talent has played 19 starting games between LaLiga Santander and the Champions League this season out of the 28 that he was available to start from a leading role.
It’s 67 percent of that encounters, below eleven of his 21 teammates in the rojiblanco team’s squad, including two forwards, as the scorer Luis Suarez -25 out of 26 for 96 percent- or Angel Correa, his competition and slightly above Joao, with 22 starts in his 31 suitable duels: 70 percent.
They are also above the average of games in the starting eleven with respect to the games available to play for the centrals. Stefan savic (96%), Jose Maria Gimenez (83%) and Beautiful mario (78%); the lanes Kieran trippier (100%) and Yannick Carrasco (72%); and the midfielders Marcos Llorente placeholder image (87%), Koke Resurrección (90%) and Saúl Ñíguez (72%), apart from the goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
HOLDING 57 PERCENT IN THE LEAGUE
With a very close similarity to the eleven type that the technician established before suffering the current series of casualties, before losing to Kieran trippier for the sanction, for example, Joao Felix falls even more in the percentage of starts in the League, to 57 percent, which is the 14th number of the squad in this statistic, because they also surpass Felipe Monteiro Y Thomas lemar.
During the visit to the La Cerámica stadium, he repeated his substitution, as in five of the last nine matches available to Simeone, or in five out of eight specifically in the League, because Joao Felix has been and is an immovable man in the coach’s scheme in the Champions League: He has played all seven games in the top European tournament.
“He made an important goal, a very good second half, with a very good intensity,” he said. Simeone about the Portuguese attacker, whose gesture in the celebration, when he shouted angrily and with his gaze in the direction of the benches of the La Cerámica stadium, aroused different interpretations from the addressee of that message.
He has not revealed it publicly Joao Felix. The ‘Cope‘, Citing the player himself as a source, advanced that the gesture was for his partner Renan lodi. The Brazilian side later put an image of such an event on his ‘Instagram’ with the phrase “do not be angry, said and done, we are together brother”. Joao transferred it to his own network.
7 GOALS IN THE FIRST 10 GAMES AND 3 IN THE LAST 19 MATCHES
Simeone was asked at the press conference after the crash. On one occasion, in a generic way due to those angry reactions of the players, regardless of the recipient. “I love the rebellious player, who has pride, who wants to react to situations”, The Argentine coach valued after the 0-2 at Villarreal, the reunion with the victory after two days without winning or two defeats in a row, if the European 0-1 with Chelsea is added.
“How long had Joao not scored a goal around there?” Asked Simeone. The last goal of the Portuguese attacker dates from last January 24, in the 3-1 at Valencia. Since then until this Sunday, only four games had passed for him, because he lost two to Covid-19, against Celta (2-2) and Granada (1-2).
“I imagine that the goal awakens something important in him. He needed him and the team needs him and he needs the team. I like it when the players have pride, strength and are rebellious. Give them to me, without a doubt ”, emphasized the technician about Joao Felix, which pursues the level that he demonstrated at the beginning of this season.
When he offered his best version, he coincided with the most overwhelming and conclusive football of his team. And vice versa. And Atlético, while looking to the derby next Sunday at the Wanda Metropolitano, needs to rediscover both one and the other.
In their first ten official matches of the season, Joao Felix He contributed seven goals and gave another three to his teammates, with a decisive role. Until 4-0 to Cádiz. Then it fell by half: three goals in the last 19 games. There are ten in total, one more of all what he achieved last season, nine, then with seven more games than now, while his expected reaction emerges.