23 Feb Suarez strikes concern in any foe
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is assured Luis Suarez will make issues troublesome for Chelsea in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg tie regardless of his latest scoring drought in Europe’s prime competitors.
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Suarez has scored 16 occasions in his debut season with Atletico to propel them to the highest of La Liga however he has but to search out the online in 4 Champions League video games for the membership.
In his earlier 4 seasons with Barcelona, he solely scored 10 occasions within the Champions League whereas he has not netted in an away match within the competitors since September 2015.
“Luis generates concern in rivals it doesn’t matter what competitors it’s,” Simeone advised a information convention earlier than Tuesday’s recreation, moved from Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano to Romania attributable to a ban on arrivals in Spain from Britain to manage COVID-19 infections.
“He has expertise and qualities that entice lots of consideration from any rival. We’ll discuss his issues scoring away from dwelling after we go to London, however tomorrow is a house recreation for us.”
Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez explains the mentality that has made him one of many world’s prime strikers.
Suarez, in an unique interview with Football4cast final week, stated that he nonetheless feels he can compete a championship degree.
“I nonetheless really feel like I am having fun with this second that I am in at present, in football’s elite,” Suarez advised Football4cast, at an occasion organised by Puma. “Being at Atletico, you are in football’s elite. Some folks did not imagine that I may nonetheless be at this degree. I’ve obtained the identical enthusiasm.
“I hope that this yr, subsequent yr and for nevertheless a few years it’s, I preserve competing and giving my greatest, till you realise that you’ve got gone so far as you’ll be able to. However nobody will do away with me. I will resolve once I go.”
Simeone praised reverse quantity Thomas Tuchel, who has led Chelsea to 5 wins and two attracts in all competitions since succeeding Frank Lampard in January.
“We’ll be dealing with a team with a coach that has managed to get each facet he has taken cost of to play engaging football. He has come to a membership which have lots of monetary energy and who all the time make good signings,” he stated.
“This season they’ve signed some wonderful younger gamers and since Tuchel has arrived they’ve improved their outcomes rather a lot.
“However their squad speaks for itself, simply have a look at the standard of their three goalkeepers, that proves their energy, and their attacking gamers may get in any team on the earth.”
Simeone’s facet landed within the Romanian capital smarting from a shock 2-Zero dwelling defeat to Levante which reduce their lead on the prime of La Liga to a few factors and left them with one victory of their final 4 matches.
The Argentine additionally didn’t make a fuss concerning the change of venue for a match they need to have hosted at dwelling.
“Within the present state the world is in we simply need to attempt to focus on doing what we take pleasure in, which is enjoying football, with out worrying about what we won’t management. We’ll simply focus on dealing with an amazing facet with prime gamers,” he stated.
Reuters contributed to this report.