In a defining moment of redemption, Joao Félix settled scores, particularly with his former Atlético coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, by haunting the Colchoneros' defense and clinching the winning goal (1-0). A celebrated strike that echoed his triumph.
Post-match, Joao Félix shed light on the intensity of his goal celebration. In his characteristically candid manner, he explained (h/t Sport),
"It was a relief for what I went through this past summer. Only my family and close circle know what I endured, and it was a relief, especially for them."
Despite the exuberance of his celebration, the Portuguese forward aimed to maintain respect for his former colleagues, leaving the door open to a potential return if Barcelona fails to secure his long-term future.
"I hold no grudges against my Atlético teammates. I care deeply for them and wish them the best, except when facing us. They're like family to me."
Keeping his remarks concise about the match, Félix stated,
"It's a highly significant victory. We knew the game would be tough, but we secured the three points. Now, it's onto thinking about Girona."
Joao Félix's goal not only secured the victory but also served as a personal triumph, marking a pivotal moment in his journey while maintaining respect and gratitude towards his former club. As Barcelona's future hangs in the balance, Félix's contributions continue to cement his place in the team's narrative.