Joao Felix admired Mason Mount before the Champions League clash

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Mason Mount of Chelsea looks on during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on July 19, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alastair Grant/Pool via Getty Images)

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.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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.”

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