Antoine Griezmann’s rise to prominence under Diego Simeone inspires Joao Felix, who now wants to move in a similar trajectory.
Antoine Griezmann arrived at Atletico Madrid as a player with massive potential. By the time he left the club, he had established himself into one of the world’s best players.
Griezmann remained a key player in the team throughout his time at Atleti, guiding them to three major honors while scoring a total of 133 goals in 257 outings.
The Frenchman’s five-year tenure ended when FC Barcelona activated his €120 million buy-out clause in the summer of 2019.
Los Rojiblancos decided to reinvest that sum immediately and made Joao Felix their record-signing in the same transfer window.
“If I can do what Griezmann has done or improve it, it will be fine because he has made history in this club,” mentioned Felix, speaking to Marca.
“He has done it very well, he has grown a lot with El Cholo [Simeone], and if I do it the same, better for me.”
Felix has so far struggled to deliver up to his expectations. Many have suggested that his failure to make much impact is due to the rigid nature of Diego Simeone‘s playing style.
“I don’t know,” the Portuguese added. “A lot of people say one thing, others say something else. I’m here to play Cholo football and I do whatever he asks me to do.”