Joao Felix: ‘I shouldn’t say it, but…’

Date published: Friday 13th March 2020 9:39

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Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has spoken about the special atmosphere at Anfield after the LaLiga side’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Atletico fought back from 2-0 down after goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino to score three times in a devastating 13 minute spell in extra time.

Speaking about the dramatic Champions League last-16 win, Portugal international Felix was in awe of the atmosphere on Merseyside.

“It was incredible,” he told Spanish publication AS.

“I shouldn’t say it, but when they scored, seeing the stadium and their way of celebrating…

“I had seen this on television, but seeing it live and being within this great atmosphere…Hardly anyone wins here and we are so happy.”

The attacking midfielder also revealed that he thanked Jurgen Klopp at the full-time whistle.

“When we crossed paths I thanked him and he gave me a big hug,” Felix added.

 

 

 

Asked if the defeat was hard to take, Klopp said: “Oh yes absolutely, I’m searching for the right words.

“For the score to go 2-1 was not cool, it was a blow but it’s not a big problem. The second goal was a bigger problem.

“After the second goal the legs were a bit tired. Everything that looked really natural in the first 90 minutes became a bit stiff. The crosses did not have the same quality We wanted the first time crosses like for the first goal, which was brilliant and the boys forget to do that.

“I am completely happy with the performance. It’s so difficult to play a side like this.

“I don’t understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counter attacks.

“We accept it of course but it doesn’t feel right tonight. I realise I am a really bad loser, especially when the boys put such an effort in against world class players on the other side who defend with two rows of four. They didn’t even have counter-attacks in the 90 minutes.

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