UCL: They pay you big bucks, make difference – Thierry Henry to Chelsea forward
Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has sent a clear message to Chelsea forward, Joao Felix after the Portuguese failed to score a goal in the Blues’ Champions League 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
Henry believes Felix needs to score goals for Chelsea because he is being paid a huge amount of money to make a difference.
Felix failed to score as goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio ensured Real Madrid defeated Chelsea in the Champions League last-8 first-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Atletico Madrid loanee had a golden chance to break the game open for Chelsea.
Felix was, initially, alone on goal but couldn’t maintain separation from his defender and ended up blowing what could have been an incredible chance for the Blues against Los Blancos.
“You would have liked to think that Joao Felix would have had the composure in the box. I have been in those situations, it is not easy. But what was easy for me is that you need to have the awareness to cut across. That is the first thing that you learn as a center forward,” Henry said on the UEFA Champions League Post-Match Show.
“When you guys (defenders) are chasing and I know that you are chasing, I cut across. Slow, a quick striker, whatever it’s. It will give you the advantage of having a one-v-one or a red card. Then when he goes on his right foot, he dummies one time. Come back. But I have been in that situation and I like to think that I am composed in the box.
“My job is to bring you to the other side,” Henry said, quoting his former coach Pep Guardiola.
“I will give you a plan, the strengths and weaknesses of a team. My job is to bring you from this box to the other box. After that, it is on you to score. They pay you the big bucks and you have to make a difference.”
Chelsea will now hope to turn the tie around when they host Real Madrid in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge next week.