Oscar J. Barroso
Argentine Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone praised the Uruguayan team’s star, Luis Suarez, on the eve of the upcoming match against Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Suarez scored 16 goals in his first season with Atletico to lead the Spanish League team, but the player did not find the net so far in four matches with his team in the Champions League.
In four previous seasons with Barcelona, Suárez scored only ten goals in the Champions League while he had not scored in any away matches in the competition since September 2015.
Simeone said in a press conference before tomorrow’s match, which was transferred to Romania due to travel restrictions between Spain and Britain to contain the spread of the Corona virus: “Suarez spreads terror in the hearts of the competitors, regardless of the competition in which he is competing.”
He continued, “Suarez has great skills and abilities that the competitors count for a thousand accounts. We will talk about the problems of scoring outside the ground when we go to London, but tomorrow’s confrontation is considered a match at home.”
Simeone praised his counterpart Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea coach, who had led the London team to five wins and two draws in all competitions since he took over from Frank Lampard in January.
Simeone said, “We are facing a strong competitor and distinguished players led by a coach who has succeeded in leading all the teams he worked for to deliver beautiful football. He came to a club that has great financial potential and makes good deals.”
Atletico Madrid arrived in the Romanian capital, reeling from a surprise two-goal defeat at home to Levante, which narrowed the gap that separates him at the top of the Spanish League from his closest chaser, Real Madrid, to three points and left the team with one victory in the last four matches.