As Barcelona prepares to lock horns against Atletico Madrid in arguably one of their most important matches this season, all eyes will be fixed on Joao Felix, who returns to face his parent club.
The Portuguese winger fulfilled his dream of donning the vibrant Blaugrana colors this summer after he fell out with coach Diego Simeone.
While Felix was able to join merely on a temporary loan deal, a solid performance tonight could go a long way in securing a long-term future at the club of his dreams.
Atletico Madrid president claims nothing wrong if Felix celebrates
In the run-up to the match, Enrique Cerezo, Atletico Madrid’s president, was asked if there would be a problem if Felix decided to celebrate after scoring, to which he stated that it would be unfair to rob someone of the chance to celebrate the success of their team.
“I think all players who score a goal want to celebrate. I think it’s normal. Is there a problem? Do you think he doesn’t have to celebrate it? Do you want to take away the joy from the person who achieved a victory? I do not think so.” he remarked (h/t FCB World)
Despite the way things ended between both parties last summer, the Atleti president claims he would harbor no bitterness if Felix celebrated after the goal.
Felix’s time in Barcelona
After an immensely positive start to life in Barcelona, goal contributions for the 24-year-old winger have begun to run dry as of late.
However, Felix managed to reconcile with the back of the net in his last encounter against Porto, which is sure to serve as a massive morale booster ahead of this crucial encounter.
It remains to be seen whether he opts to celebrate in the event he extends his scoring streak tonight, something he has done previously with successive goals vs. Real Betis and Royal Antwerp.
Felix recently claimed he cherishes some good moments from his time in Madrid, and this will be a special match for him, stating:
“It’s a special game for me. Atletico was my home for the last four years, so of course I [left] with some good moments there.”