Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has backed in-form forward Luis Suarez to strike ‘fear’ into the Chelsea defence, ahead of their Champions League last-16 encounter on Tuesday.
The La Liga side head into the first-leg tie off the back of what has been a strong domestic campaign thus far, with Simeone’s men currently three points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the division and possessing a game in hand on their city rivals.
One key factor behind their superb performances this season has been the displays of veteran striker Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan having essentially been forced out of former club Barcelona last summer.
While the Catalan giants thought he was something of a spent force, he has so far proved them wrong in sensational fashion, the 34-year-old having scored 16 league goals to sit joint-top of the scoring charts alongside former teammate Lionel Messi.
Ahead of that crucial clash against Chelsea this evening in Bucharest, Simeone will be hoping his main man can continue to deliver the goods and insisted that Suarez will put ‘fear’ into the Blues’ defence.
“Luis generates fear in rivals no matter what competition it is,” Simeone said at his pre-match press conference.
“He has skills and qualities that attract a lot of attention from any rival. We’ll talk about his problems scoring away from home when we go to London, but tomorrow is a home game for us.”
The Atletico boss was also complimentary of his managerial counterpart Thomas Tuchel, as well as praising the quality of the Premier League side’s squad.
“We’ll be facing a team with a coach that has managed to get every side he has taken charge of to play attractive football. He has come to a club that have a lot of financial power and who always make good signings,” he said.
“This season they’ve signed some excellent young players and since Tuchel has arrived they’ve improved their results a lot.
“But their squad speaks for itself, just look at the quality of their three goalkeepers, that proves their power, and their attacking players could get in any team in the world.”