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Simeone: “I hope Joao Félix continues with us, he has a goal and we need him”

While le parisien insists on interest of Paris Saint Germain for Joao Félix for January, Diego Pablo Simeonthe Atlético de Madrid coach, highlights the importance of the Portuguese attacker for the rojiblanco team, hoping that he will continue under his orders, because he has a “goal” and the team needs him.

This was said by Simeone on the eve of facing Sociedad Deportiva Almazán in the Copa del Rey at the Los Pajaritos de Soria stadium. “Joao Felix is one of the footballers who has scored the most goals of the strikers we have, beyond that, if I’m not mistaken, he has done three now. The goal has it. Hopefully he can continue to be with us, perform at the level that he has shown a lot of opportunities playing and, above all, what I am telling you: a footballer who has a goal and that we need”, said the coach at the press conference, before the evening training at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda.

The Copa del Rey is already looming for Atlético, with the relevance that the competition takes on in the current panorama of the rojiblanco team, eliminated from European competition and 13 points behind Barcelona’s leadership in LaLigawith the addition, in addition, that it is the last game before the World Cup break, with the conditioning factors that this may have on the eleven players of the team that will go to Qatar 2022 with the different teams.

“The feeling I have is that at the moment that we are feeling the need to do well and play a good game, we don’t think about anything other than resolving tomorrow’s game. Starting tomorrow night, they will have time to focus on something as important as the World Cup for those who are going to play it”, warned the coach, who highlighted the “always illusion” in the Cup, with the alert of eliminations in 2020-21 against Cultural Leonesa and in 2019-20 against Cornellá. No He has reached the semifinals of the tournament since 2017 and has not won it since 2013.

Neither Ángel Correa nor Matheus Cunha They will go to the World Cup. Usual in the last summons of the selections of Argentina and Brazil, respectively, finally they are not among those chosen for the tournament. “It is difficult (to manage), because it is an emotional and very personal situation for each one. All the boys who were with the possibility or not of going to the World Cup knew that this situation was present after being inside or outside,” he reviewed. .

“To continue fighting and fighting those who have not entered among these players who are going to participate in the World Cup, because life is like that, it has good things, it has negative things, and those who are not will be strong and continue to demonstrate the footballers what they are,” added Simeone.

The break for Qatar 2022 “will come in handy for everyone”. “Looking at the table of positions it is clear that we are all very close, those who are fighting below, those who are fighting in the middle and the two who are fighting a little higher. We are all living with a new situation. Of the 26 points of Real Sociedad at 17 there are not so many points and there are many teams in the same situation. That speaks for itself that this break is good for us, I think it is for all of us”, he added.

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