Tuchel says his Chelsea team is aware of Luis Suarez's threats ahead of Atletico Madrid clash
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has warned his players about Atletico Madrid’s “born striker” Luis Suarez ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
Some Chelsea players are certainly familiar with the 34-year-old striker, having faced him during his Liverpool days.
Despite his age, Suarez is still one of the most prolific strikers in Europe, having scored 16 goals this season.
Tuchel, who admitted that he tried to bring the Uruguay international to Paris Saint-Germain last summer, said Chelsea are prepared to shut him down in Bucharest.
“We play him tomorrow with Atletico and we know about his qualities,” the Chelsea boss said in his press conference on Monday (via Goal).
“We are aware of them and will try to stop him from scoring.
“He is a natural striker, a born striker, and has the certain mentality that only strikers have.
“This mentality is to show his will, intensity and anger to score, score and score. He is never satisfied.”
The fact that Suarez has been directly involved in 40 percent of Atleti’s goals in La Liga means Chelsea will have a good winning chance if they can stop him from scoring.
It seems that Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta already has an idea how to achieve that.
“The best way to defend against him is to keep him as far as possible from the goal and that’s a collective job,” the Chelsea captain said during Monday’s press conference (via Chelsea’s official website)
“I faced him when he was at Liverpool and Barcelona in the Champions League so I know he’s a great striker.”