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Joao Felix hails Atletico’s “special” win over Real Madrid

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Joao Felix insists “beating your rivals is always good and special” after helping Atletico Madrid thrash Real Madrid 7-3 in brutal fashion on Friday.

Felix put in a dazzling display in New Jersey, USA, and set up Diego Costa for the opening goal of the International Champions Cup encounter inside the opening 45 seconds.

The club record €126m signing then got in among the goals himself just seven minutes later before Angel Correa and two more strikes from Costa put Atletico into a commanding 5-0 lead.

In the second-half, Felix took his assist tally up to two for the game by again turning provider for Costa. He then continued to impress before Atletico manager Diego Simeone substituted him for Vitolo in the 66th-minute.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, the 19-year-old superstar relished Los Colchoneros’ incredible victory.

“It’s positive. Beating your rivals is always good and special,” said Felix, according to Fox Sports.

“This win gives us confidence, but we will continue working like we’ve done until now.

“I want to score as many goals as possible so that we can reach our objectives.”

On his new big-money signing Felix, Simeone said: “I see him better playing in front, with people ahead, so that with his vision of the game he can hurt.

“When you have Joao’s talent and enthusiasm for improvement you can play anywhere.”

Felix’s replacement Vitolo went on to score an incredible solo goal in the final 20 minutes to put Atletico 7-1 up after Nacho Fernandez had pulled one back for Real.

But late strikes from Karim Benzema and Javi Hernandez gave Atletico’s bitter rivals a small bit of consolation.