The Ullevaal Stadium saw Atletico Madrid take on Manchester United earlier this week in a friendly clash. The two European giants battled hard, but it was the Spanish outfit that came out on top after 90 minutes.
The difference on the night was a goal by Joao Felix in the dying minutes. The youngster spoke to Diario AS after the clash about his spell at the club so far and his expectations from the current season. Here are the snippets from Felix’s interview
The scorer of the only goal on the night began his interview by sarcastically answering an odd question by the interviewer. The reporter asked if it was the Portuguese international that the club sorely missed in recent years, to which he smiled and replied,
“This is going to be my fourth year.”
When prompted to answer the question about his newfound form, the forward spoke optimistically about his feelings.
“Yes, I understand (smiles), but no, I’m fine, I’m happy, I’m working to help the team, give joy to the club and all the people of Atleti.”
His first season saw Felix face an uphill challenge to adapt to a new system, while his second year was marred by injuries. After his third year passed in mediocrity too, the Portuguese international was asked about his thoughts on the upcoming season.
“The other years I always tried to be better. If this is my year, I don’t know. It depends, we don’t know about the future. But what I can assure you is that I am doing my best to be at the best level so that I can help the team and the club.”
Felix is often criticised for his subpar performances in recent years, but the youngster defended himself and elaborated on the progress he had made since his arrival.
“I arrived [to Atlético Madrid] young, I’m still young but I’ve already grown a lot and I’m sure to grow more. And I’m fine. I’m happy. I have a calm head and when so, things go naturally and let’s hope things are good.”
Finally, the 22-year-old was asked his views on the heavy competition for a starting spot in the forward line.
“With Griezmann, with Álvaro (Morata), with Cunha, with Ángel (Correa). We all get along well and on the field, the team is doing great.”
Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer
Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.
The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.
This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.
This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.
That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.