Rudiger: I’m ready for ‘fighter’ Suarez

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It wasn’t a good affair for Luis Suarez in the first leg meeting between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in Bucharest.

Chelsea won the game 1-0, and Suarez was left frustrated, and was even keen on fighting Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger who marshalled him all game. Interestingly, Suarez used his odd tactics of pinching Rudiger to unsettle him, but it didn’t work out.

Speaking ahead of the return fixture at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger is looking forward to facing Suarez yet again.

“He defends his badge, I defend mine,” said the German on the eve of tonight’s big game.

“This isn’t something that gives me a boost. I go with no feeling of pressure of his revenge or something like this. I am just focused on our targets: to win the game and pass through.

“He is a world-class player and he has shown that at every club he has been at. He has a lot of fight in him. He’s a tough opponent.”

Rudiger also pointed out that there also to 21-year-old star Joao Felix to worry about.

The German centre-back said: “The attack is not only Luis Suarez, it’s Joao Felix who is a great talent and a good young prospect. He is a different type of player but a player I love to watch because of his technique. He has something special.”

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