Joao Felix has been the talk of the town ever since his loan move to the West London club this winter. Although it hasn’t been long and it wasn’t a start with a very strong grasp, the manager Graham Potter seems to be quite impressed with Joao Felix’s performance already.That has also been the case on Wednesday night when Chelsea won the second leg against Borussia Dortmund and thus advanced to the later stage of the competition.
Potter in a pre-match interview said, “We are really happy with him. His approach and his ideas are excellent.” Felix started his first game against the blue’s local rivals Fulham, which was nothing short of a nightmare for the 23-year-old striker, where he saw a red card in the very first game for his new club and his team also had a bitter pill to swallow in the form of a 2-1 defeat.
Ever since then, Joao Felix has been performing for the club averagely and has been gaining the confidence of the under-pressure coach Potter. The Coach has been very vocal about his appreciation for the Portuguese international. Felix has now played 5 matches for Chelsea in the Premier League, where he secured a total of 386 minutes of game time on the pitch, scoring just once for the English Giants. The former Benfica man has also featured in the Champions League where he had an average of 79mins in each game, in both legs of the Round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund.
His performance for the blues has been quite eye-catching both the management and the fans.it seems with a few more good performances and a few upward results which if secure the manager’s position in the team, might also be a positive sign for Joao Felix’s camp for a permanent move to the Stamford bridge. And as the rumors have started to swirl, there seems to be a chance for the start of the talks in May.
The two back-to-back wins seem to help Chelsea get back on track.
The past few match weeks have been very turbulent for both the team and their loyal fans. Chelsea hasn’t been performing in their usual and expected manner under their head coach Graham Potter. The British manager, thus far, has managed 25 games, out of which he won 10.
Potters’s Chelsea run seems to be quite drastic, he has the second lowest win percentage of 40%, in the club’s history, the lowest being the win percentage of 21% during the era of Glenn Hoddle in 1993-1996. the Ex-Brighton coach has also not been in the good books of the club’s loyal fans due to his form.
But it seems there is a change of the atmosphere in the club, with two back-to-back wins in two matchdays. Earlier on Saturday 4th March, Chelsea saw a dramatic win against Leeds United, where the fans celebrated a fantastic goal scored by one of their new signings Wesley Fofana, who scored with a fantastic header in the 53rd minute, from a fine corner pulled off by Chilwell. This victory came as quite a morale uplifter, as it was quite evident in the team’s performance in the last night’s UCL match against Borussia Dortmund, in which Chelsea enjoyed yet another victory of 2-0, where Sterling after a few missed chances, did score for Chelsea in the 43rd minute of the game. His goal was followed by a controversial penalty where Kai Havertz helped the Blues get a 2 goal lead on the German side to seal the deal.
With 300 million already spent in the January transfer window, Todd Boehly would definitely want returns on his investment. If Chelsea doesn’t manage to string together a good run of form , Graham Potter’s stint as the Chelsea manager might be over.
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