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The former coach of Joao Félix: "I preferred that he went to Barça or City"

Published:27/09/2019 - 16:28h

Updated:27/09/2019 - 16:28h

Renato Paiva was Joao Felix's first coach at Benfica. The Portuguese coach spoke of the Portuguese pearl and acknowledged that he preferred that he had gone to Manchester City or FC Barcelona for his playing styles

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Joao Félix is called to be one of the big disclosures of LaLiga this season. The perla Portuguese dazzled in pre-season, but in this start of course is costing him keep the regularity. In spite of this, all the world coincides in that has details of 'crack' and that has it everything to be of the best of the world in the future.

Renato Paiva, the first trainer that had the forward in the Benfica, spoke in The Sportsman on his ex protected. The technician luso referred to his signing by the Athletic of Madrid and left clear that preferred that it had left to the Manchester City or to the FC Barcelona. Paiva Thinks that the styles of game of both clubs are much more adapted for Joao that the one of the rojiblancos.

"I said that it preferred Manchester City or Barcelona. The City by Guardiola and the Barça by the form to play. I think that the characteristics of Joao are better in this style of game. Respect to the Athletic, but think that the City was better for Joao, especially by Guardiola", explained. The true is that the Barcelona never arrived to do a movement for ficharle, but the City yes did it and went the own footballer the one who decided to refuse the offer and accept the one of the Athletic.

The Portuguese trainer centred in the style of game of the Cholo Simeone and his Atleti. Paiva, admits that the Argentinian is an impressive technician, but leaves clear that does not like him his style of conservative game. "I arrived to the Benfica 15 years ago and this mentality to win, presionar... It is the style that likes me. I know that Simeone has a lot of merit and is a big trainer, but do not identify me with his form to play", affirmed.

Joao Félix was refused by the Port wine

Paiva Also remembered how was the arrival of Joao Félix to the Benfica after being refused by the Port wine. "It arrived in a difficult situation because it did not play in the Port wine, was very thin and they wanted another type of players, bigger. Joao Did his work and is the manager of all what is sucediendo now. In the first week of trainings saw him work and said him to my assistant 'But what have here? You are seeing the same that I? It is a diamond, how is possible that this type did not play in the Port wine?'", it recognised.

The technical luso elogió the qualities of the perla of the Athletic and admitted that in him saw things that had not seen never. "It did things alucinantes that never had seen. Each session did things that did not expect you, was impossible to predict, with a lot of technical and tactical attributes. Even in the physical is very intelligent, the form in which it avoids the contact. It is a very complete player", finalised.

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