Simeone watches Joao F

Joao Félix’s jump: a personal trainer in Ibiza, silence in the market and "calm head"


The Portuguese starts his fourth season in Madrid, convinced that, this time, he can become the team’s flag.

Simeone watches Joao Flix during training.ATLETICODEMADRID.COM
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Yesterday, a gentleman with sparse gray hair, dressed in sports attire, carefully observed what was happening in field 4 of Cerro del Espino de Majadahonda. It was just after 9:30 in the morning. The man crossed his arms and fixed his gaze on one of the pupils of Diego Pablo Simeon. carlos sequeira he barely blinked in order not to miss any small gesture from his son. Any movement on the grass of Joao Flix, who exchanged jokes in Portuguese with reinildo, during the morning training session prior to Atlético’s third friendly match: the Ramón de Carranza Trophy, against Cádiz (9:00 pm). The previous afternoon, his brother Hugo (18 years old), who wants to follow in his footsteps at Benfica, didn’t miss a thing.

Last Saturday, in Oslo, Joao played against Manchester United for his first minutes since April 17. A muscle injury (hamstring of the left thigh) separated him from the scene with six decisive games ahead of him, since Atlético still had not closed his ticket for the Champions League. He came from scoring six goals and giving away two assists. Of being decisive, at last, in a colossal month and a half that coincided with the definitive takeoff of his team at the dawn of that well-known League of 14. They say that Joao would have been available if his teammates had risked his skin in those last two days , against Sevilla and Real Sociedad. He even wanted to sign up for that end of the party, but Simeone considered it unnecessary, since the objective had already been met. There was no reason to force.

That’s why he didn’t play a game again until last Saturday. It was just over half an hour, but it turned out to be crucial. His was the victory goal, nailing De Gea, with a shot from outside the box. Also a gift Salt I failed to hole out. Or a grass-level entrance to retrieve a ball, a few meters from Simeone. The Argentine coach’s smile sharpened. A blow at the start of the preseason, in Los Angeles de San Rafael, had delayed the times in the set-up of the Portuguese, absent in the first friendly against Numancia. In Norway he confirmed what he had hinted at in training.

Griezmann, threat and partner

Joao begins his fourth season at Atltico. He does it in the middle of an atypical summer for him, since, for the first time (and it is not by chance), his name has not been the subject of rumours. A year ago, for example, it was an initial request from Barcelona so that the exchange with Griezmann could be possible. The request was always denied by the rojiblanca noble zone, which personally bet on him, with that resounding payment to Benfica from 127.2 million. His connection with the French, despite the fact that his return was Scottish at first, is not under suspicion. On the contrary. The Portuguese has appreciated and put into practice many of his advices. He has even come to stand up for Antoine in public. That night in March, at Old Trafford, the shirts were symbolically changed.

Joao, furthermore, is convinced that, this time, he can be the team’s mast and, furthermore, be regularly. The same idea that they maintain in the offices of the Metropolitan and in the technical body. In a way, that’s why every morning of his vacation in Ibiza, at nine o’clock, a physical trainer was waiting for him. His physical strength has nothing to do with that of the brittle kid who arrived in Madrid in 2019.

A World Cup with Cristiano

During these three courses, injuries have tripped him up. He has missed up to 31 games due to various ailments, such as that of that battered right ankle that forced him to undergo surgery in 2021 and that forced him to start the course three days late.

And although that last season was, between injuries and sanctions, the one in which he played the fewest minutes as a rojiblanco (1,944 minutes), it also turned out to be the most eloquent about the exorbitant potential and the adaptation to the team

I arrived young, although I still am, but I grew up a lot. I am sure that I will grow more. I have a calm head and when that’s the case things come naturally, she reflected after her exciting half hour in Oslo. His compatriot was not there Cristiano Ronaldo, whose name has splashed the rojiblanca summer desktop, more because of the need to find a Champions League shelter than because of the interest of Atltico. If everything goes smoothly, coincide (and fight for a position) with CR in that World Cup in Qatar, the first in his career, where he will have fierce competition (Diogo Jota, Bernard Silva, Bruno Fernandes…). That’s what Joao prepares for. And the first thing, logically, is to be the flag of his team.


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