Luis Suarez vows to ‘exploit’ Liverpool ‘weaknesses’ as Atletico Madrid game plan detailed

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Luis Suarez is confident Atletico Madrid will exploit Liverpool’s weaknesses in Wednesday’s Champions League rematch. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-2 last month thanks to a Mohamed Salah penalty in Spain, and the La Liga outfit will be vying for vengeance on Merseyside.

The Reds will want a memorable night at Anfield, with a win securing their place in the Champions League last 16 after just four games.

Atletico are currently battling Porto for second in Group B and have won just two of their last five games.

But the Spanish giants will dream of a repeat of their 2020 trip to Anfield when they dumped Liverpool out of the competition.

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Ahead of Atletico’s trip to Merseyside on Wednesday, Suarez has detailed what went wrong at the Wanda Metropolitano last time out.

He said to UEFA: “I think that in this type of game, against big teams, and in the Champions League, details can go against you.

“Any small detail, the smallest of mistakes, a millisecond in which you’re distracted… in the Champions League, you pay for it. That’s obvious.

“If from the first until the last whistle you don’t play with conviction, with personality and desire to win, if you get distracted in a Champions League game, you pay for it.


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“I think that’s what happened against Liverpool. We started very well, but they are strong and intelligent and very experienced, and they were ahead in the first 20 to 25 minutes until we got back in the game.

“I think in the second half after Antoine Griezmann was sent off, we were a bit down because we had one man less, but we kept playing to the same standard.

“The pace was very high, and they started to attack a little bit more until the penalty.”

Suarez is ready to exploit Liverpool’s weaknesses in the return fixture this week but is wary of the Anfield crowd acting as the hosts’ 11th man.

“Of course, every team has its strengths and weaknesses,” Suarez continued.

“We know how good Liverpool are on the counter-attack when they get the ball up to their pacy attackers.

“We know they have some weaknesses we could exploit in our favour, and we should exploit them again in the next game.

“We have to pay attention because, besides using those strengths, they have an extra player, which is the Anfield crowd, and that makes things harder for us.”

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