Diego Simeone keeps faith in record signing Joao Felix despite form loss

Diego Simeone has stated he keeps believing in the qualities of Joao Felix despite the Portuguese not showing his best form this season. The young attacking midfielder was signed by Atletico last summer in a record deal worth €126m from Benfica. Since his move Joao Felix has struggled with his form and he has been substituted off the field in 17 of his 21 La Liga starts.

“We are absolutely confident in his quality, his talent and the way he plays and we need him to reproduce on the field,” he told a news conference, via AS. “We focus on the goal of the team and the club, we do not stop at individualities. On the basis of promoting individualities, we seek to improve the collective. If we stop at the singles it would be dangerous.”

“Joao started well against Osasuna, he had good games, [against Mallorca] he was not as fine in his game and he understood that the team needed other characteristics as with Vitolo, who worked for what the team needed.” In 34 appearances for Atletico Madrid in all competitions this season, Joao Felix has scored eight goals and provided three assists.