THE BALLOON – “João Félix has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or” (Atlético Madrid)

It was in the hands of Rui Vitória that João Félix made his debut for the Benfica first team. The Portuguese coach praises the young striker, now at Atlético Madrid, and considers that the next two years will be decisive for the career of the Portuguese international.

“João has a characteristic that is not normal in young people: simplicity and efficiency in the processes. While the others like finery, he has assimilated the mechanics of high competition very well: he received the ball and shot. In addition, he has a very high technical capacity and a quick way of thinking to solve problems”, he begins by saying in an interview with the Marca newspaper.

Asked what João Félix lacks to be more consistent in his performances: “He acquired many characteristics that he needed, especially in terms of defensive positioning, he improved a lot. I think I needed to play in a more dominant team to be closer to the opposing zone. It would make him a better player. On a lower block, it can also make a difference, but it costs you more.

As for Félix, in the future, he will be able to fight for the Ballon d’Or: “I don’t like to make these predictions, but he has the potential to do so. He’s an extraordinary player, different, out of the ordinary, but he needs to be more consistent, get into the game more, score more goals, make assists. The next two years will be decisive in his career.

Praise also to Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia) who made his debut in the Champions League with Rui Vitória: “He has a quality that coaches appreciate a lot. Get the ball and go. He has evolved a lot from a tactical point of view and has fantastic physical qualities. It’s explosive and ends well. However, this may still evolve.

Rui Vitória, who at Benfica also worked with players like Rúben Dias, Renato Sanches or Nélson Semedo, was also asked to project Portugal’s participation in the World Cup: “I’m proud to have worked with all these players . Portugal is at the perfect time. There are veteran players with a lot of experience and young players with a lot of quality. In addition, they have a coach (Fernando Santos) who knows the group well and the structure of the Federation helps. I am convinced that we will have a good World Cup.

As for the debate around the continuity of the national team captain at Manchester United next season: “Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional player. Sometimes we don’t realize the astronomical numbers it has. It will be very difficult for anyone to match it in the next few years. I don’t know if he will continue, but if he does he will return to the highest level of performance and be the team’s top scorer. It’s simple.”

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