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Simeone hopes Joao Felix maintains strong start

SoccerNews in La Liga 2 Oct 2020

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Joao Felix has once again started the season positively and Diego Simeone hopes the Atletico Madrid forward can maintain his form this time around.

After his €126million arrival from Benfica, Joao Felix contributed two goals and an assist in his first six LaLiga games for Atletico in 2019-20 but the remainder of his campaign was punctuated by injuries that made it difficult for him to consistently produce.

Atleti started this season by thrashing Granada 6-1, with the Portugal international winning a penalty, assisting a goal for Angel Correa and scoring one of his own in an impressive display.

Although Simeone’s side were held to a goalless draw by newly promoted Huesca in midweek, Joao Felix had six attempts on goal and created two chances for his team-mates.

The Atleti boss hopes to see more of the same from Joao Felix when his team entertain Villarreal at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

“Last season, in the pre-season, he had the same enthusiasm and joy in the game that he’s showing now,” Simeone said in a news conference on Friday.

“In the first four or five games, until he suffered the injury, he made a very good start to the season.

“Let’s hope he can maintain it, keep growing with the team and we can continue to benefit from a player in whom we have a lot of hope.”

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