Champions League: Luis Suarez, Joao Felix key to unlocking Chelsea protection, says Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone
‘Just one goal: victory,’ mentioned Simeone, whose group face a 1-0 deficit within the last-16 tie after shedding their ‘house’ recreation in Bucharest. ‘I have to discover the required instruments to attain this.’
Madrid: Luis Suarez, regardless of his Champions League purpose drought, and Joao Felix, whose future is in query, will begin collectively as Atletico Madrid attempt to combat again of their second leg at Chelsea, coach Diego Simeone mentioned on Tuesday.
“Just one goal: victory,” mentioned Simeone, whose group face a 1-0 deficit within the last-16 tie after shedding their ‘house’ recreation in Bucharest. “I have to discover the required instruments to attain this.”
Regardless of COVID-19 restrictions, Wednesday’s recreation can be performed at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge house.
Suarez has not scored an away purpose within the competitors since he struck within the twenty first minute of Barcelona’s opening group recreation at Roma in September, 2015. Since then he has 17 objectives within the Champions League, all on the Nou Camp for Barcelona.
He has but to attain in 5 appearances within the competitors for Atletico.
“Now can be good time for him to snap the streak,” Simeone advised a press convention on Tuesday. “Why not?
“Suarez is a vital participant for us, a striker who has a variety of affect on our recreation, who has standing, for us and for our opponents.”
Felix’s latest type has been questioned in Spain at the same time as he has been the topic of hypothesis in Britain that Manchester Metropolis need the 21-year-old Portuguese to interchange former Atletico striker Sergio Aguero.
“Joao is a vital participant, he began the season at a really excessive stage, we want that participant,” mentioned Simeone. “All footballers undergo completely different phases of their careers, particularly when they’re younger.”
With Felix alongside him on the press convention, Simeone dismissed doubts concerning the striker’s defensive work-rate.
“All of us need him to develop and for him to develop and get to the place he needs to be, he needs to be full and have completely different aspects, as a result of all footballers need to work for the group.”
Felix echoed his coach.
“I am pleased on the membership,” he mentioned. “Like all gamers I’ve not so good phases, I do not know if I am going via one or not, however I am certain it’ll move.”
“I do not know if I lack need. There are numerous examples of gamers who had a variety of expertise, however lacked one thing to achieve the highest.
“I do not need to be one in all them, so I attempt to apply my need and my expertise.”
Chelsea are unbeaten since Thomas Tuchel took over from the sacked Frank Lampard in late January.
“We face a group that’s doing very nicely, that has not misplaced for the reason that arrival of its new coach,” mentioned Simeone.
“However tomorrow, we can be in search of one end result: victory. And we’ll attempt to play the sport the way in which we have to obtain that goal.”
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