Joao Felix Risks More Atletico Madrid Fury As He Slams Diego Simeone’s Tactics

Joao Felix Risks More Atletico Madrid Fury As He Slams Diego Simeone’s Tactics

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Barcelona and Atletico are set to square off in La Liga
  • Joao Felix is expected to be the centre of attention during the fixture
  • The Barcelona forward has made a bold claim regarding the tactics of Diego Simeone

The standout fixture of round 15 of the 2023-24 La Liga season is the upcoming clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Estadi Olympic Lluis Companys Montjuic.

Aside from the intensifying rivalry between the two title contenders, the presence of Joao Felix, who has recently expressed his displeasure towards the Madrid-based club and his fondness for Barcelona, adds an intriguing twist to the match.

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Joao Felix celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the La Liga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis. Image: Alex Caparros.
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The Portuguese international made a surprising move from the Madrid club to the Catalan giant on a season-long loan deal in the closing hours of the summer transfer window.

Despite Atletico being open to his potential return and even agreeing to a contract extension before his departure, Felix hasn't held back from provoking his parent club whenever the opportunity arises.

After being recently criticised by former teammate Antoine Griezmann for allegedly falling short of meeting the demands of playing for Atletico Madrid—a claim Felix vehemently denies, according to reports from Football Espana—the star forward has also labelled another teammate as 'annoying.'

However, in a recent interview, Felix turned his attention to the coach of his former team, criticising Diego Simeone's tactics.

Felix slams Simeone’s tactics

The 2019 Golden Boy Award winner, who recently took to the media ahead of the clash against his former team, touching on their style of approach, stated:

“I definitely prefer the playing style at Barcelona. If you ask every player, including those from Atletico, they would prefer a more attacking approach. If they say otherwise, they are lying,” as reported by ESPN.

Despite facing criticism, Felix has made an impressive start as a Barcelona player, contributing four goals and two assists in his initial weeks with the club. However, he might find himself under close scrutiny when Atletico Madrid arrives in Barcelona.

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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).
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