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Joao Felix aims sly dig at Diego Simeone ahead of Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

Joao Felix at Barcelona
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The Portuguese midfielder has rediscovered his spark since leaving Atletico in the summer.

Joao Felix has claimed that even Atletico Madrid players don’t enjoy playing Diego Simeone’s overly defensive style of football.

Felix struggled to adapt to Simeone’s plans after making a €126m move from Benfica in 2019. After spending an uninspiring loan deal at Chelsea last season, Felix started another loan spell at Barcelona in the summer.

Speaking ahead of Barca’s upcoming La Liga match against his parent club, Felix told ESPN: “For sure [I prefer] this style [at Barcelona] – me and every player. 

“If you ask every player, if you ask the players from Atletico, too, they would prefer to play more time on the attack, for sure. If they don’t answer that, they are lying. Of course every player wants to attack, wants to have the ball and to score goals.”

Felix’s performances have significantly improved this season under Xavi Hernandez. However, he has yet to maintain consistency with his performances in Barca’s attacking line. In his 11 appearances for the Catalans, Felix has registered one goal and two assists. 

The Portugal international is clearly keen on continuing his career at Barcelona. However, the club’s difficult financial situation could prevent them from sealing a permanent deal for the 24-year-old next summer.