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Diego Simeone wary of Chelsea's frontmen ahead of Champions League clash


Diego Simeone wary of Chelseas frontmen ahead of Champions League clash

Morata, Hazard, Willian and Pedro will look to demolish Atletico's defensive wall

Simeone has identified four players he will be taking extra precaution of when Atletico Madrid meets Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The recent return of Diego Costa to Atletico from Chelsea might be making their encounter more hotly anticipated, but manager Diego Simeone is keeping his focus on Antonio Conte's offensive tactics.

Speaking at a pre-match news conference, Simeone was quoted by the Metro saying: "Morata is a very important player. He has great movement in the box, he knows how to play with his back to goal and can keep the ball. He will perform really well alongside players like Willian, Hazard, and Pedro."

Morata has started life at Chelsea brightly, scoring six goals from as many appearances in the Premier League, even netting his first hat-trick against Stoke City last week.

His international teammate and Atletico winger Koke also agreed, saying: "There are many Spanish players at Chelsea and they are scoring goals like my friend Morata. Everything he touches is hitting the back of the net. Let’s hope they do not have a good day tomorrow."

The return of Hazard to full fitness will also be a welcome sight for Antonio Conte, his side has scored 15 goals in the last four games and the Belgian has definitely aided with the attacking consistency. His link-up play with Morata also gives the Spaniard an extra dimension to his game that was not previously seen before at Real Madrid.

Pedro in many ways is a Simeone-type player - high work rate and willing to run and chase down loose balls while maintaining good tactical awareness. Willian, who is likely to start on the bench, is also a key asset for Conte as he always brings an attacking threat.