Chelsea will take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League ‘Round of 16’ clash at Wanda Metropolitano tonight.
Before the match, Atletico Madrid youngster Joao Felix revealed his admiration for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount. The 21 years old Portuguese said, “I like the way he [Mount] plays, the way he likes to move the ball, the way he touches the ball.”
“I played with Chris Willock at Benfica three or four years ago and he told me that Chelsea had a guy that he thought is similar to me and he told me it was Mason Mount.”
“A few years later he played for Chelsea and I like the way he plays. Chris had told me about him before he appeared in the Premier League, so I was waiting to see him.”- he added.
Mount is arguably the most consistent performer for Chelsea this season. The English midfielder has scored five goals and provided six assists in 33 games this season in all competitions.
Joao Felix will surely try to outdo Mason Mount tonight. The Portuguese have contributed nine goals and five assists to Atletico’s cause in 27 outings across all competitions in 2020-21, having rediscovered his best form after a challenging first season at Wanda Metropolitano.
However, Joao Felix also discussed the “influence” his compatriot Cristiano has had on his career while talking up the qualities of the England international. Felix said, “Cristiano is a big influence on me.”
“When we are with the national team, he always tries to give me and all of the young guys advice about work, motivation, everything.”