Deco and Joan Laporta created magic. Well helped by their friendly relationship with agent Jorge Mendes – there’s no denying that – Barcelona’s two thinking heads were able to offer Xavi two nice names at the end of the deal: Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo. A Portuguese duo that also met clear needs: Barcelona were looking for a right-back as well as a player with a creative profile in their attacking sector. After the international break, during which both men defended the Lusitanian colours, they started with FC Barcelona.
The least we can say is that the Jawas left a strong impression. The striker, on loan from Atletico, played just over an hour and scored the first goal in the heavy Catalan win (5-0). The full-back played the entire match, scoring a stunning goal to end the Blaugrana’s display. Two XXL displays as the two Portuguese gave the sensation of having played for Barcelona for many years, showing the full extent of their class and showing exceptional understanding with their new team-mates.
The media is under a spell
The Catalan media is on alert on Sunday morning. The Lusitanians were certainly not the only Barcelona boys to shine, far from it, but they are receiving huge plaudits. In daily meeting notes sports Therefore, Cancelo gives 9/10, the best result of the match. “He showed everything he learned with Guardiola these years. He is more than just a full-back.”, writes the media. As for Felix, he gets 8/10 and is described as… “Special Player” After it was made “Amazing start”. Just that.
In the other major Catalan sports newspaper, Mundo DeportivoSame story. The two Portuguese received particularly positive comments. The newspaper explains that it is Joao Felix as well “Brilliant striker”. The media reported in particular that the player touched 56 balls, and succeeded in all 12 passes he made in the final third, which indicates his influence in building Barcelona’s offensive movements. Cancelo participated in the match more than his compatriot (81 times, but he played the entire match), and the media is already comparing him to Dani Alves. “total aspect”We can read. We have to stress, but it’s a good start…