Joao Felix starts his new Chelsea adventure in the worst possible way
Portuguese star Joao Felix’s first match against his new Chelsea team on Thursday night turned into a nightmare in English Premier League football competition.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Felix completed his move to Chelsea on loan from Atlético Madrid until the end of the current season.
The Portugal international started his new team’s match mainly against host Fulham and missed several dangerous chances in the first half before being red-carded in the 58th minute after a rough tackle against Fulham’s Kenny Tete.
Felix became the first player to be kicked out of the Chelsea ranks in his first match in the Premier League, according to statistics network Opta.
1. Joao Felix became the first player to be sent off for Chelsea on his Premier League debut and the first to do so for any club since Tottenham’s Federico Fazio against Manchester City in October 2014. Welcome. pic.twitter.com/iRDENxeSLV
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 12, 2023
Felix is also the first player ever to receive a red card in his first Premier League game since Felix was sent off from Tottenham’s October 2014 match against Manchester City.
Felix’s misfortune did not stop there in his first match, as Chelsea lost 1-2 to Fulham, with the latter managing to score the winning goal only 20 minutes after the Portuguese star was sent off.
After this defeat, Chelsea’s balance sheet froze at 25 points in tenth place, while Fulham increased their balance sheet with a win to 31 points in sixth place.