Frank Lampard has been warned his Chelsea side need to keep Joao Felix quiet in order to give themselves the best possible chance against Atletico Madrid.
The Blues were handed one of the toughest ties they could have been in the Champions League last-16, drawing La Liga powerhouses Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s side are a regular in the latter stages of Europe’s premier competition and counted Liverpool as an English scalp they took last season.
Diego Costa and Luis Suarez are two big names Chelsea fans know well – but it is youngster Joao Felix who they need to keep quiet.
That’s according to Owen Hargreaves, anyway, who highlighted the “fabulous” ability of the 21-year-old.
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Felix became the fifth most expensive player in history last year when Atletico signed him from Benfica for £113m.
After a reasonably slow first season in Spain – with nine goals in 36 outings – Felix already has eight goals and three assists in 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
“What a fabulous young player,” Hargreaves told BT Sport. “I love this guy, I think he’s such a special player, so gifted and he’s the one with the X-Factor.
“They (Atletico) will play deep and on the counter and this guy has so much to offer, he really does.
“They have to have a game plan for him. Thiago Silva – probably Chelsea’s best signing – will have to keep an eye on him, but a great young player.”
Chelsea were dumped out of the Champions League in emphatic style in the round of 16 last season – going down 7-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Bayern Munich.
But Hargreaves believes Lampard and his team will have learned plenty in defeat and can use it to their benefit this time around.
“I don’t think there is any shame losing to a team like Bayern…