Atltico – Porto (9:00 p.m.)
The Portuguese returns to the Champions League, the competitors that motivates him essentially the most, towards the staff during which he was educated till he was 15 years outdated. Barcelona was twice in him this summer season
Between Viseu and Porto there may be simply over an hour by automobile. There are 130 kilometers that separate the town during which the kid grew up Joao flix (1999) and the enclave the place the Portuguese footballer started to emerge. Half the space to Lisbon, the capital, the place he lastly hatched, defending the incarnate shirt of Benfica, that of the everlasting rival. So your father, Carlos SequeiraA bodily training instructor, he accomplished the every day journey to Porto on the wheel, satisfied that his eldest son would uncork his exuberant expertise with the ball there. It was greater than 1,000 km per week. Joao was a menino.
Nevertheless, the love affair with Porto FC broke down in 2015, when he was already an adolescent. There have been completely different rumors in regards to the causes for the breakup. What if the blue and white membership had not paid the mandatory consideration. What if I hadn’t had sufficient minutes and he wasn’t completely happy. What if his physique, but to be developed, was very fragile. Whispers that Carla, his mom, denied in a report in MaisFutebol: Going out was his resolution. He additionally did it in an interview with the newspaper File his coach within the youth of the Dragoes, Mario Silva: We did not kick him out of Porto. All of us wished him to proceed, however his resolution was completely different.
Two and a half months in the past, Joao Flix visited the town of Porto, though not for pleasure. There, on the morning of July 2, he had surgical procedure on his proper ankle by the famend Dutch physician. Niek van Dijk, an ankle specialist, who, a while in the past, had solved the issues of Ruud van Nistelrooy or Cristiano Ronaldo. The participant introduced his resolution to have surgical procedure the day after Portugal was eradicated within the Eurocup by the hands of Belgium. The discomfort solely allowed him to play 34 minutes of that final duel, during which it was the primary large date along with his staff.
“My game is coming back”
The ankle nightmare began with a foul gesture in entrance of the Bayern, within the Metropolitan, in December 2020. He continued along with his choice, in entrance of Luxembourg. And it was completed off by an entry from the then inexperienced and white Aissa Mandi, on the Villamarn. Even so, he didn’t wish to be absent from the ultimate dash of Atltico to overcome the final League. In these final video games, he appeared at instances. It isn’t simple to play if you find yourself not nicely, however I did it to assist the staff, admits Joao on Monday, in an interview with the Atltico media.
Simply 24 hours earlier, at Cornell, towards Espanyol, he had performed his first minutes of the season. Half an hour during which Atltico managed to come back again within the twilight of the extension, and during which he unfold a couple of drops of his high quality: a few dribbles, a shot on objective and an help that was near crowning the comeback. I be at liberty to do the actions that beforehand harm. My sport is coming again.
And all, after a special preseason: a part of her locked within the fitness center, whereas her teammates jogged via the inexperienced. Maybe one other would have mortgaged the tip of the 12 months along with his membership to shine within the Eurocup, however Joao made an ideal sacrifice for Atlético, they emphasize within the places of work of the entity, the place they reward his perseverance within the restoration.
Bara’s double try
The truth is, till final Sunday he was not accessible for Simeone. Summer season weeks of intense work during which his title got here to plan as a bargaining chip. Twice, the Camp Nou was offered as a attainable vacation spot. The primary, in mid-July, earlier than the alternate between Antoine Griezmann and Salt guez. The second, within the decline of the switch market, when August was dying. El Bara, desirous to launch Griezmann, planted an alternate with Joao Flix.
The proposal of Mateu alemany, director of soccer of the azulgrana membership, was valued in among the corners of the rojiblanco membership. Jorge Mendes, his agent, wished one other showcase for his pearl. Nevertheless, the operation was vetoed straight by Michelangelo Gil, who two years in the past appeared in Viseu, on the Flix home, to persuade him that Madrid was his superb vacation spot. That he was known as to be the proprietor of Griezmann’s ‘7’. Half an hour earlier than Cornell’s finish, Joao and Antoine took over with an iconic hug.
Tonight, Porto, the staff the place Hector herrera is legend (foreigner with extra video games performed) and Philip left a wound, go to the Metropolitan for the primary time. I’ve no dedication to anybody, Simeone warned yesterday, distrusting who was his good friend in Lazio, the Portuguese coach Sergio Conceiao. Not be Stefan savic, who drags a four-game penalty for his purple card towards Chelsea, within the second spherical of final 16 final season.
With the noise of the stands and a few chords that make Joao Flix levitate (six targets in 14 video games), he erased Agero’s document for scoring precocity and set the staff’s course the earlier 12 months, with a stark fall. Possibly right now is your large night time.