The Spaniard believes the Blues will be facing a tough opponent in their upcoming match as he drew comparisons between Los Rojiblancos and two other La Liga giants.
captain, Cesar Azpilicueta, praisedAtletico Madrid
as the Blues prepare to take down theLa Liga
side in their upcoming Champions League encounter in Bucharest.
The last 16 first leg match, which will be held on Tuesday, will be the first meeting between the two sides since their clash in the 2017-18 UCL group stages.
Talking about Diego Simeone’s men as he compared them toBarcelona
, Azpilicueta toldMarca
“They are very solid, they know very well how they play and with top quality players.”
“You have to play perfectly to get through, and we face the leader of La Liga on their own merits.”
“Simeone is getting incredible results, last year they deservedly eliminated Liverpool.”
“Atletico have shown in the Europa League and the Champions League, and by winning the league in 2014, they are on par with Barcelona and Madrid.”
Prior to his 285 impressive appearances with Chelsea, Azpilicueta was a part ofOsasuna
’s squad to later joinMarseille
before moving to thePremier League
side in 2012.
Chelsea’s possible line-up for the match is expected to includeMendy