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Can Joao Felix Play In The UEFA Champions League For Chelsea?

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Joao Felix is a Portuguese professional footballer who operates as a forward for Chelsea, on loan from Atletico Madrid and the Portugal national team. He has experienced a tough campaign in both club and international football so far this season.

However, the 23-year-old deserves a lot of credit for scoring five goals and securing three assists in 22 matches for both his club and country during this campaign across all fronts. Felix has led the line well at times by averaging 1.9 shots and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 77.3% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

Felix’s Debut For Chelsea Recently

Felix made his debut for Chelsea recently in their 2-1 derby loss at the hands of Fulham. He managed to impress at times by being a potent threat during his time on the field. However, the Portuguese starlet showed his inexperience and let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 58th minute.

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Atletico Madrid’s Portuguese forward Joao Felix kicks the ball during the Spanish Liga football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and RC Celta de Vigo at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on February 26, 2022. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP) (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Can Felix Play In The UEFA Champions League For Chelsea?

Under current UEFA rules, Felix is eligible to play for Chelsea when they take on Borussia Dortmund over two legs in the round of 16 stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Hence, the Chelsea fans can expect to see the Portuguese talent play in those two matches barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Felix is yet to score a goal in this season’s Champions League. However, on his day, he can be a constant menace in the final third. Thus, Graham Potter still has some reason for optimism despite Felix’s tough start to life at Stamford Bridge.

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