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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone fires Luis Suarez warning to Chelsea

Diego Simeone is confident Luis Suarez is the man to end Chelsea’s unbeaten run and fire Atletico Madrid through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Thomas Tuchel has led the Blues on a run of 12 games without loss since he replaced Frank Lampard in January.

Chelsea produced one of their finest performances under their new manager to beat Atletico 1-0 in February’s last-16 first leg, with Olivier Giroud’s stunning goal separating the two heavyweights.

Suarez failed to make an impression in the match and is still yet to score in the Champions League this season despite his impressive tally of 18 goals in 24 La Liga games.

Simeone says Wednesday is “the right day” for Suarez to score his first Champions League goal of the season

But Simeone is confident the Uruguayan will end his European drought on Wednesday, telling reporters: “I believe Suarez is very important for us.

“Probably tomorrow is the right day for Luis Suarez to end the (goalless) streak. Why not? Tomorrow could be a beautiful day.

“I believe today Chelsea don’t have a weakness. The only thing is they don’t know what can happen from a negative point of view.

Suarez had a quiet night up against the likes of Antonio Rudiger in the first leg
Suarez had a quiet night up against the likes of Antonio Rudiger in the first leg

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“They have not had a negative result yet and that will be a question until it happens. We are facing a team that has done quite well since their coach has come, they have never lost.

“They feel strong at home and are playing quite well. They have had games like us around the Champions League matches that have been close and tough.”

Simeone also urged his players to start the game on the front foot, in contrast to their restricted performance in the first leg.

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“Tomorrow, we just have one result, to win,” he added. “We have to take the match where we want so we can win with a goal. The single idea is to win.

“You can start winning in minute 84 or minute 10 because they are all possible results. The aim is to take the match to them after the second leg for the situations to be improved.

“We don’t know how they will think about the match, but I know what we want from the match which is to win it.”

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