Joao Felix: ‘I needed to leave Atlético de Madrid’

Joao Felix is eager to help Chelsea qualify for Champions League football next season. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Joao Felix is eager to help Chelsea qualify for Champions League football next season. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) /
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Joao Felix spoke about his future at Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ UEFA Champions League fixture. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) /

Joao Felix attended his team’s press conference prior to Chelsea’s match against Borussia Dortmund and, with coach Graham Potter at his side, he touched on some of the hottest aspects of today.

The attacker spoke specifically about his departure from Atlético Madrid, his future, qualifying for the Champions League and more.

Below we leave you with the most outstanding statements from the Portuguese star.

Joao Felix on his departure from Atlético de Madrid

“I think I needed it. When I left Atlético, I thought it was good for me and for them. I think it was the perfect arrangement to try something different. I always tried to do my best and sometimes it didn’t work. So something had to change for things to be otherwise. I think this loan is important for me and I’m very happy to play here”.

Chelsea and his future

“It is a different football, the league is different. The way teams play in LaLiga and in the Premier League is totally different. Chelsea is a team that likes to attack, have the ball, dominate the game. And that’s the game I like to play. I feel very free to play here and how I like it. I love it”.

”If I want to stay or not … nobody knows the future. I’m just concentrating on the games. After that, we don’t know what will happen. I’m here and the club is so big … it’s incredible. Everyone behind the club is very good, so I’m happy to be here.”

The red card on his debut

”It’s not normal for me to get a red card. It’s just the second of my career. It was a stupid red card. I was playing well and I loved playing on the team. Unfortunately, the referee showed me the red card, but it’s football, it can happen.”

“The worst thing is that it was my debut. The team was fine with me, so it was easy to accept. Everyone was with me. I’m here to play football and help the club. We’ll try to win trophies and I’ll fight for it. I’m on loan, but as long as I’m here I want to play, help, score and win. That’s why I’m here”.

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Qualifying for the Champions League

“We still have many games left to try to reach the Champions League … this is not over. But playing in the Champions League is an important decision, although nobody knows the future. Players don’t have to take all the blame. The coach does not have to take all the blame. We have to be together and we are. We are with the coach, so perfect. And the situation will change, that’s for sure.”