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Joao Félix, a devalued jewel that takes its toll on Chelsea

The Chelsea have a problem with joao felix. The Portuguese has abandoned the Atletico Madrid in this winter market to play on loan at the Stamford Bridge club until the end of the season —in an operation, without a purchase option, which has gone to 11 million euros—, but his debut with the shirt blue it could not be more ominous. On January 12, in the Premier League match against Fulham (a 2-1 defeat by Graham Potter’s team at Craven Cottage), Joao was sent off with a direct red card after 58 minutes for a very hard tackle on the Dutchman Kenny Tete.

An expulsion that has cost both Joao Félix himself and Chelsea: while the player has been sanctioned with three games —has already missed the duels against Crystal Palace (1-0 win) and Liverpool at Anfield (goalless draw), will also not play against Fulham and will return on February 11 against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium in London , to the club blue The matches that the Portuguese cannot play also comes out of his face. According to him Daily Mailthis straight red cost Chelsea a total of €2.4 million taking into account that they have invested a total of 23.6 million in the operation and each game is valued at about 800,000 euros.

The truth is that at Stamford Bridge they not only have to make an economic effort for this transfer of Joao, but also a sporting one, since upon the arrival of the 23-year-old Portuguese, other important signings such as They are those of the French defender Benoit Badiashile and the one on the Ukrainian end Mikhailo Mudrykfor which the blues They have paid about 100 million euros.

Thus, Chelsea will have to make room in their squad for the new additions, especially in view of the knockout rounds of the Champions League —The Londoners will face Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, with the second leg at Stamford Bridge. The potter set only He has a free chip available in his Champions League squad for the three signings and, right now, the only way the Londoners could register the three signings made in January is drop two foreign players.

According to the rules, a team can have a maximum of 17 non-local players in its team for the Champions League.

Thus, right now the two footballers who have the most ballots to leave the team in this winter market are Christian Pulisic Y Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The American is currently recovering from a knee injury that will keep him off the pitch for the next few months, while the Gabonese striker, formerly of FC Barcelona, ​​hardly counts for Potter given that his performance is far from much than expected.

That would solve Joao’s registration for the Champions League team (plus that of Mudryk or Badiashile), but as long as the club manages to release two other foreigners, in a team that, given its multiple nationalities, looks like the United Nations Organization .

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