Joao Felix Names One Player He Looks Forward to Playing Against As Barcelona Host Atletico Madrid

Joao Felix Names One Player He Looks Forward to Playing Against As Barcelona Host Atletico Madrid

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Barcelona are set to welcome Atletico Madrid in La Liga
  • Forward Joao Felix is set to be at the centre of attention
  • The Portuguese has disclosed one Atletico player he wants to play

The ongoing war of words between Joao Felix and his former teammates at Atletico Madrid continues to escalate without any signs of abating.

The Barcelona forward, who spent four years with the Madrid-based club, recently responded to criticism from his ex-teammate Antoine Griezmann, lambasting the French forward for questioning his abilities and commitment to succeeding at Atletico.

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Joao Felix celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and FC Porto. Image: David Ramos.
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It appears the clash between both sides at the Estadi Olympic Lluis Companys Montjuic is shaping up to be a classic as the 23-year-old Felix has again hit out another former teammate, naming him as annoying and further stating that he is one player he looks forward to facing off against when both sides meet.

Felix names former teammate as annoying

The Portuguese forward, who recently sat in an interview with media outlet ESPN, was quizzed with a flurry of questions.

When asked about the player he looks forward to coming against during the clash against his former team, he stated:

"I would say De Paul is the player I am looking forward to playing against the most because on the field, he is so annoying.
In the last few years, I was on his team, so it's OK, but seeing him from the outside, he is so annoying. I want to see how he will deal with me and how he will react."

Felix further conveyed his anticipation about facing off against the Argentine, saying,

"I am excited to see him on the field because outside he's a really good person. Now I want to see how it is to play against him."

Felix's remarks contribute to the escalating tension between the two clubs. It's worth noting that amid Felix's outspoken comments, his current contract with Barcelona is on a straight loan basis. However, reports from Diario AS suggest that Barcelona is interested in securing him on a permanent deal.

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Joao Felix slams Griezmann

Sports Brief in a previous report highlighted Barcelona forward Joao Felix has hit out at former teammate Antoine Griezmannn following the French forward’s criticism of him.

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.

In response, Felix has hit out at the 32-year-old in a recent interview with media outlet Movistar+.

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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).