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Diego Simeone hopes Luis Suárez can use his scoring “gift” when Atlético de Madrid take on Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Suárez is enjoying a good season with Atlético, scoring 16 goals in 24 games in all competitions since arriving from Barcelona.
However, they are goalless or assistless in four Champions League games this season. He has scored in each of his seven previous seasons in the competition.
Atlético coach Simeone said the Uruguayan gave his team a big boost.
“For all competitions, not only the Champions League, the presence of Luis generates hierarchy, generates confidence in our team and obviously a lot of attention in the rivals because history unites a footballer who has a strong gift in terms of his relationship with the goal “, said a press conference Monday.
“So I hope that tomorrow we can play a good game as a team. And I insist on Chelsea, they are a great team and the new manager, who is very good, is making Chelsea play even better ”.
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Due to coronavirus restrictions, the first leg of the round of 16 tie will be played at the National Arena in Bucharest.
Simeone is suspicious of Chelsea, who have been undefeated in their seven games since Thomas Tuchel took office in January.
“We respect all opinions and listen to everyone, but tomorrow we are facing a great team and the tie is very close,” he said.
“We have been at the club for a long time and you all know how we work, match by match and do our job.”