Harsh analysis for Atletico and Suarez: From 'when you go from biting to pinching' to 'they're not a threat'
Atletico Madrid didn’t have the best of times against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
With no shots on target, the reaction to the game inevitably involved some harsh criticism for Diego Simeone‘s side.
Despite on paper carrying plenty of firepower, with the likes of Joao Felix, Angel Correa, Thomas Lemar and Luis Suarez, Los Colchoneros ended up setting out not to concede, which they nevertheless did.
The national and international media have focused on that attacking deficiency, with MARCA’s front page reading “Toothless Atletico”.
“Giroud topples an Atletico team without ideas,” read La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“[Simeone] chose not to try to keep the ball,” said L’Equipe.
Meanwhile, the pundits on BT Sports had some particularly damning words for Atleti and Luis Suarez in particular.
“When you’re telling your kids off, and they go from biting to pinching, you’re doing alright,” joked Joe Cole in relation to Suarez getting away with appearing to pinch Antonio Rudiger.
“This is a big reflection how poor LaLiga is at the moment, [they] didn’t really threaten,” said Rio Ferdinand.
In the second leg on March 17, Atletico will need to perform a lot better if they are to overcome Chelsea and restore some of their and LaLiga Santander’s dented pride.