Joao Felix is ready for the 'El Clasico'. The Portuguese was replaced against Shakhtar with a blow to his hip, spoke to ESPN ahead of the game against Real Madrid and did not hesitate to defend Vinicius' much-criticised style.
"What Vini does, of course he likes it, he is a cheerful player. All the things he does that people say make players irritated, I don't agree. That's football and football has those things. It's not just about running, scoring goals and defending. I think there has to be a bit of joy in the game as well," said the Portuguese player.
Not far away, the Real Madrid player was recently criticised by Mikel Camps, deputy spokesman of the Barca board of directors, who complained about the attacker's 'bicycles' and said he deserved a 'slap' for being a 'clown'.
"Both he (Vini) and I, Rodrygo, Pedri and Lamine bring it to the game. And I think that also brings people to the stadium and that motivates them to watch football," added Joao Felix about Vinicius' football on the pitch. Finally, the Portuguese rounded off his comments on the Brazilian with class. "Everyone is the way they are. I'm talking about dribbling and irreverence. We always need players like that in our teams", he concluded.