Diego Simeone has praised the intensity of Chelsea, insisting his Atletico Madrid side have never faced a team like them.
Chelsea nicked a late, late victory against Atletico in their Champions League group, becoming the first side to win at the Spanish side’s new stadium, Wanda Metropolitano. Antoine Griezmann put Atletico in front before goals from Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi turned the game on it’s head. It was a pulsating game that needed a 94th minute winner to separate the sides and Simeone says Chelsea were a unique challenge.
‘The English teams have improved so it’s much more open. There is less margin for error now,’ he told Spanish radio Cadena Ser. ‘We had never faced a team with the intensity of Chelsea. ‘We struggled to press them effectively.
‘We improved when Griezmann went on (Tiemoue) Bakayoko and left David Luiz free. But we were imprecise.’ Chelsea and Atletico will meet again at Stamford Bridge on December 5.
The two will presumably battle it out for top spot in Group C with Roma and FK Qarabag not expected to be able to finish above the pair. Chelsea may have got their Champions League campaign off to a superb start, but their Premier League form has been far from perfect. The defending champions are six points off the pace at the top of the table and were beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.
Ryan Giggs predicts where Chelsea, Man United will finish
Ryan Giggs has warned Chelsea that Manchester City and Manchester United are the teams to catch in the Premier League title race this season.
The Blues won the top-flight crown with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points clear of runners-up Tottenham Hotspur.
The defending champions lost their Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge following a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley.
Chelsea had the chance to move level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table on Saturday evening.
However, former Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored a second-half winner to secure three points at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City and Manchester United have both earned 19 points so far following six victories and one stalemate to leave the duo five points clear of third-placed Tottenham.
Former Red Devils midfielder Giggs believes Manchester City and Manchester United are the teams to catch in the title race.
“I think Chelsea will still be in the mix but you’ve got to say City and Manchester United have been impressive and are the teams to beat,” Giggs told Sky Sports.
“I think we are seeing the managers, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, imprinting their own visions on their teams. In Pep’s case, with the goals they score and the chances they are creating, it’s exciting for City fans right now.”
Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last season but won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Jose Mourinho’s first season.
The Red Devils signed three players in the summer transfer window following the additions of Victor Lindelof, Nemanaja Matic and Romelu Lukaku.