Why Chelsea shouldn’t fear Diego Costa and Luis Suarez after Champions League draw

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Following Monday’s Champions League draw, Chelsea will face Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League.

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman believes Chelsea should not be scared of facing former striker Diego Costa or Luis Suarez because they are past their best.

“When you look through that squad (Atletico’s), yes they’ve signed a couple new players, Joao Felix a year older and more experienced, but what you would see shouldn’t scare Chelsea,” he told BT Sport.

“Costa shouldn’t scare Chelsea. He was at his best when he was at Chelsea. He’ll do his best to upset them and cause chaos but as a rampaging centre forward he’s certainly not the player he once was.

“Luis Suarez is into his middle to late 30s, so his best days are behind him. He’s aggressive, he can be dangerous at time but no more dangerous than the Chelsea forwards.

“We want all our teams fit and well for when February comes along to give them the best possible chance of qualifying.

“You never think Atletico Madrid are going to do to Chelsea what Bayern did to them last year – score goals, rampage forward, that’s not going to be happening.

“We know what we get with Atletico Madrid, they’re a very stubborn team, they’re almost a nuisance in the way they play, they’ve signed Luis Suarez to add to that.

“They’re a bit of a pain, of course they are. But the Chelsea squad they have now they’re certainly capable of beating them, but we do know it’s going to be a lot tougher that game over two legs.”

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