Joao Felix’s crazy Chelsea match

Chelsea's Portuguese striker Joao Felix (right) due to Fulham's interference with Dutch defender Kenny Tete (left) during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Chelsea, played at Craven Cottage in London on 12 January 2023. kicked out - Picture of BEN STANSALL/AFP Getty

Chelsea’s Portuguese striker Joao Felix (right) due to Fulham’s interference with Dutch defender Kenny Tete (left) during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Chelsea, played at Craven Cottage in London on 12 January 2023. kicked out – Picture of BEN STANSALL/AFP Getty

In less than an hour of a great first game, Joao Felix moved from Eden Hazard to Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris, making Chelsea’s season even more comedy.

Just 5 feet 9 inches tall and buried beneath a tuft of dark brown hair, Felix looked like the pre-match gusts and rain might knock him down, let alone his opponent.

Yet at Craven Cottage, at 57 minutes, the 23-year-old sent Fulham defender Kenny Tete into the air with such a high and late interception that even Chopper Harris would make a grimace.

It made it all the more ridiculous when Felix attempted such a brutal fight in his own half without being completely threatened by Chelsea’s goal.

Everything looked so characterless. Felix looked like he was going to cry after being shown a direct red card by referee David Coote. Head coach Graham Potter could barely believe what he was watching as Chelsea returned to the locker room after being comforted by Kalidou Koulibaly and then Kepa Arrizabalaga on their new loan contract.

Chelsea player Joao Felix left the pitch after receiving a red card during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC played at Craven Cottage in London, England on January 12, 2023 - Clive Rose/Getty Images

Chelsea player Joao Felix left the pitch after receiving a red card during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC played at Craven Cottage in London, England on January 12, 2023 – Clive Rose/Getty Images

Having only trained once with his new teammates after moving to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan, Felix looked like Chelsea’s most likely match winner, and yet it was the club’s red card that caused them to leave Craven Cottage. It could have been a critical win.

Referee David Coote shows Chelsea's Joao Felix (not pictured) a red card during an English Premier League football match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC in London, England, January 12, 2023 - Vince Mignott/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Referee David Coote shows Chelsea’s Joao Felix (not pictured) a red card during an English Premier League football match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC in London, England, January 12, 2023 – Vince Mignott/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Chelsea have predictably disbanded after Felix’s departure, making him the first player to be kicked out of the club in his Premier League debut and the first to be kicked out of any club since Federico Fazio against Manchester City in 2014 at Tottenham Hotspur player did.

Felix will now be suspended, which is another blow to Potter, especially since there was such a creative spark before the Portuguese frenzy moment.

Potter had thrown the dice by getting Felix to make his debut a few hours after Kai Havertz had been allowed to play, but Felix had become a duck in English football.

Undisturbed by the terrible weather conditions at the start of the match, Felix rekindled Hazard’s good memories for traveling fans who made up a new song for him within 10 minutes of his debut.

Chelsea fans sang “Joao Felix came from Portugal. He hates Arsenal” after watching Tim Ream put the ball on a plate for Havertz in just the second minute after beating Tim Ream between the defender’s legs.

Chelsea player Joao Felix is ​​on the move during the English Premier League football match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC on January 12, 2023, in London, England.  - Vince Mignott/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Chelsea player Joao Felix is ​​on the move during the English Premier League football match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC on January 12, 2023, in London, England. – Vince Mignott/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Joao Palhinha could have been shown a yellow card for knocking Felix down after circling the midfielder, and Antonee Robinson was shown a yellow card for knocking the striker down in the ninth minute as he galloped from the right.

When Andreas Pereira was shown the yellow card for fouling Felix near the middle rim, the smart money was in a Fulham player who was sent to an early bath instead of the man who had won all the free kicks.

The only danger for Felix was whether he could continue the challenges and get off the kicks.

He volleyed a good Mason Mountain mid-center with a wide volley, but escaped any blushes with the offside flag and sent a left-footed shot straight to goalkeeper Bernd Leno after being spotted by Mateo Kovacic.

Felix saw another shot save five minutes into halftime, and perhaps it was his performance that prevented Chelsea fans from reacting badly when he scored a goal back at the timeout.

Shortly after Koulibaly equalized, Felix fouled again and shot Leno once again, then delayed the pass to Lewis Hall in the 52nd minute, making his first mistake that meant the left-back was caught offside.

But that wasn’t nearly as bad as his misjudgment five minutes later, which meant the man who had cost Chelsea nearly £15m in loan fees and salaries over the course of six months and was supposed to provide a quick fix for Potter. misses the next three games.

No wonder Potter, who is usually very polite and mild-mannered, mutters “f—– b——” to anyone in particular as he watches Felix leave the field. No one will forget that Chelsea has been a very fitting start to their season so far.

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