Simeone admits Atletico Madrid had never faced a team with the intensity...

Simeone admits Atletico Madrid had never faced a team with the intensity of Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone believes Chelsea are a strong team to face considering their attitude and intensity on the pitch. The Blues are enjoying the 1st place in Group C after beating Qarabag and the La Liga giants in their first games of Champions League so far.

“We had never faced a team with the intensity of Chelsea, – Simeone told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser – We struggled to press them effectively. We improved when (Antoine) Griezmann went on (Tiemoue) Bakayoko and left David Luiz free. But we were imprecise. The English teams have improved so it’s much more open. There is less margin for error now”.

Atletico Madrid are currently chasing Barcelona and Seville as they earned 15 points from 7 games securing a 4th place, level on points with Valencia. Real Madrid are still behind with 14 points after a disappointing start to the season.