Barcelona’s Joao Felix Slams Former Teammate Antoine Griezmann Following Recent Criticism

Barcelona’s Joao Felix Slams Former Teammate Antoine Griezmann Following Recent Criticism

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
In this article:
Spanish La Liga logo
SPA La Liga
Antoine Griezmann logo
Atletico Madrid logoFFrance logo
  • Antoine Greizmann and Joao Felix were teammates at Atletico Madrid
  • The French forward recently criticised Felix in an interview
  • The Portuguese star has hit out at the Atleti number seven ahead of Sunday's clash

The highly anticipated La Liga clash on Sunday, December 3rd, between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Estadi Olympic Lluis Companys Montjuic promises to be a spectacle for football fans.

Beyond the enthralling football that will be on display, the match holds significance as it marks Joao Felix's first encounter with his former team, Atleti, since his summer move to La Balugrana.

Joao Felix
Joao Felix celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and FC Porto. Image: David Ramos.
Source: Getty Images

Felix, who has openly emphasised the importance of playing attacking football—a point many considered crucial to his underwhelming performance at Atletico—recently faced criticism from his former teammate Antoine Griezmann.

According to Atletico Universe, Griezmann suggested that Felix may lack the consistency needed to thrive at Atletico Madrid, an issue that plagued him during his four-year stint at the La Liga club.

Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak echoed Griezmann’s sentiments, and midfielder Saul Niguez mentioned that improvements could have been made during Felix’s time at the club. However, it appears the Portuguese do not share Griezmann's perspective.

Felix on Griezmann’s statement

In response to Griezmann's remarks, the 23-year-old, speaking to the Spanish outlet Movistar+, as cited by Football Espana, said,

"I disagree. Everyone has their opinion, and I’m not going to comment. Obviously, things could have been done better, both by me and everyone else. There have been things that have not been done well, but it was not just the fault of one person; it was the fault of several."

Felix's words add a layer of intensity to what is shaping to be a heated reunion between the Portuguese forward and Atletico Madrid.

Additionally, it's worth noting that Felix's future at Atletico is uncertain, given his deal with Barcelona remains a straight loan.

However, reading between the lines, it appears that the public exchange of words now underscores the apparent divide between Felix and Atletico.

Exciting news! We have a WhatsApp channel 🤩

➡️ Click to join our channel for all your favourite sports news.

Griezmann opens up on target

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that France forward, Griezmann aspires to become significant for Atletico and a legend over the long term.

Despite a controversial return from Barcelona, the 32-year-old has acknowledged his struggle to regain the trust of the club's fan base.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has contributed to 12 goals in the UCL and La Liga since the commencement of the 2023/24 season.

Ero Samson photo
Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).