LaLiga News: Joao Felix seems to criticize Simeone: “When conditions are favorable, things go better”

    Joao Felix appears to have taken a stab at Atlético Madrid head coach Diego Simeone by claiming conditions with Portugal are more “favourable” than with the La Liga giants.

    The Atlético striker has been linked with a move from Wanda Metropolitano as Los Rojiblancos chief executive Gil Marin believes a January exit is “reasonable” to look forward to.

    João Felix has scored 33 goals for Atlético since his €126m move from Benfica in 2019, a tally only bettered by Luis Suárez (34) in the same period.

    But the 23-year-old has a cold relationship with Simeone, with the pair reportedly falling out earlier this season.

    And he appeared intent on unearthing his club boss after Portugal booked their spot in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland on Tuesday.

    “The way you play here and at the club is different,” he said. “When conditions are favorable, things go better.”

    João Felix scored two of Gonzalo Ramos’ three goals against the Swiss, becoming the third Portuguese player to score two assists in a World Cup match after José Torres against Brazil in 1966 and Bruno Fernandez against Ghana in that tournament.

    He hailed Portugal’s most impressive performance in Qatar, where he sees Fernando Santos playing at a high level with confidence and focus before facing Morocco in the last eight matches.

    “The preparation was the same as for other games,” he added. “We saw what was better and what was worse and played because of it without losing our identity. We had a great match, perhaps the best at the moment.

    “We are focused and fully believe in ourselves. I hope it was shown that we have a great team, we know what we want. We have everyone’s support and we won’t hold back.”

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