Spanish Super Cup

Atlético Madrid: Simeone discusses struggling João Félix

João Félix continues to struggle for Atletico Madrid but Diego Simeone has attempted to explain why it takes new arrivals time to settle.

Simeone on struggling Joao Felix: Every player needs a different amount of time

With Atlético Madrid record signing João Félix still struggling to show the best side of his game,  coach Diego Simeone says every player needs a different amount of time to adapt to the "feeling" of playing for the club.

João Félix, a €126million addition from Benfica in July, has scored just twice in 15 LaLiga appearances, adding a solitary assist.

The Portugal international has gone 659 minutes in the top-flight without scoring a goal or providing an assist and, ahead of Thursday's Supercopa de España against Barcelona in Saudi Arabia, Simeone was asked about the 20-year-old.

Simeone on adapting to Atlético Madrid

"Each player has a different personality, every player needs a different amount of time," Simeone told reporters, preferring to answer generally than discuss João Félix at length.

"We try to succeed in getting each one of [the new players] to experience Atlético with enthusiasm and emotion, because apart from their talent they need commitment.

"When the feeling of playing for Atletico appears, things come naturally to everyone, just like [Stefan] Savic when he arrived and Koke.

"I don't speak of names, but of the way of living the football that we have had [at Atlético Madrid] for a long time."

Atlético ready for Barcelona challenge

João Félix's struggles aside, Atlético come into the game in good form after recording four consecutive victories.

However, they have not beaten Barcelona in nine attempts across all competitions.

Simeone added: "We know the rival's virtues, as they have always had them. Their attacking play and players' individual moves end up breaking any collective work of their opponent.

"We go into the game with good momentum, with things to improve. Playing against the best in the world makes you stronger because you have to turn on the alarms from the start and the team grows and improves.

"It will be different from the league games because there is a direct elimination and only one result, which is to win.

"We understand it as an opportunity to continue growing as a club and team and to make our fans excited."