Joao Felix is likely to make his first start since joining Barcelona.
Barcelona news source ‘Barça Universal’ said on the 13th (Korean time), “Felix could start as a starter for the first time since moving to Barcelona against Real Betis this weekend. This will depend on Ilkay Gundogan’s injury status.” “If both Dri and Gundogan cannot play, Gabi will be placed in midfield and Felix can play on the left.”
Also, according to this media outlet, Felix said after the recent match between Portugal and Luxembourg, “I feel comfortable playing on the left. I have played that position a few times, and coach Xavi Hernández will try to use me in that position.”
Felix said, “I feel good and confident in coming to Barcelona. Although I didn’t get much playing time at the beginning of the season, I am in good shape. I am ready for a strong start at Barcelona. I am here to help the team.” revealed.
Felix left Benfica in the summer of 2019 and joined Atletico Madrid. Atletico at the time was looking for a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, and signed Felix, who was performing well in Portugal, for 127 million euros (about 182.9 billion won).
Even until the 2021-22 season, Felix showed good progress. He steadily gained opportunities to play and solidified his position. However, the atmosphere in the first half of last season was unusual. Felix played in 12 games in Spain’s La Liga before the World Cup break, but only five times as a starter. In a situation where selection and replacement were going back and forth, rumors of discord with coach Diego Simeone were raised.
Accordingly, he went on loan to Chelsea through the January transfer window. Felix added strength to Chelsea’s attack by scoring 4 goals in 16 English Premier League (EPL) games in the second half of the season. However, Chelsea finished the season with a disappointing 12th place in the league. And in the process of preparing for the season under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Felix’s loan contract came to an end.
Felix is under contract with Atletico until the summer of 2027. But after his return, his mood is getting closer to a breakup. Felix gave up his number 7 jersey to Griezmann. 바카라사이트
In relation to this, Spain’s ‘Football Espana’ commented, “Felix recently gave up his number 7 jersey to Antoine Griezmann. And he trained with youth academy players in pre-season training.”
In the midst of this, Felix made a bombshell statement. According to transfer market expert Fabricio Romano, Felix claimed in mid-July: “Barcelona has always been my first choice. I want to join Barcelona. It has been my dream since I was a child and if it comes true, it will literally be a dream come true.”
In the end, I decided to go to Barcelona as I wanted. Felix, who has been playing on loan until the end of this season, played his first game as a second-half substitute against Osasuna earlier this month. After being on the field for only about 10 minutes, he is now aiming for his first starting debut.