Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has named Atletico Madrid player he does not want to face ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie.
The first leg, which will take place in Bucharest, Hungary, is arguably going to be the biggest test for the revived Chelsea side under Thomas Tuchel so far.
Atletico currently sit at the top of La Liga with a six-point lead, having lost just once in 22 league games they have played.
Even with the attacking talents Tuchel has at Chelsea, getting past famously disciplined Atletico’s defence will be a big task.
Interestingly, according to Arrizabalaga, Chelsea still have their attention on Saturday’s Premier League clash against Southampton instead.
“It’s an important game, but we haven’t prepared for it because we have more games ahead of us,” the Spain international told El Partidazo de COPE.
“A month ago I would tell you that Atletico were in very good form. In the last few weeks we have improved. The team looks different.
“I can’t tell you if I will play against Atletico. In the end, [Edouard] Mendy has played and in the last few games I’ve played.”
Having joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao, Arrizabalaga is familiar with the quality Diego Simeone has at his disposal.
But he admitted that fellow goalkeeper Jan Oblak is the Atletico player he would not want to play against if he were given the choice.
“I’m not afraid of Luis Suárez — I hope he doesn’t have his best day,” he added.
“He’s been creating problems [for opposition teams] for many years.
“If I could take off one Atleti player for our tie, I would take off Oblak.
“Koke, Llorene, they are doing well, but if I had to choose I’d take Oblak off.”