Luis Suarez is helping to get the most out of Atletico Madrid team-mates Angel Correa and Joao Felix, according to head coach Diego Simeone.
He fired a blank in the 3-2 win over Red Bull Salzburg and was rested for the 3-1 victory over Osasuna last weekend, with Joao Felix stepping up with a brace in both games.
Correa laid on an assist for Joao Felix in each of those fixtures as he staked a claim to be the Portuguese youngster’s attack partner.
However, Simeone insisted it is down to Suarez that others in the side are hitting top form and called on his players to help repay the favour.
“I believe that all this is generated from the presence of Suarez,” he said at a pre-match news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow.
“With the likes of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata before him, they had a lot of other characteristics, but we have been looking for other qualities.
“Luis has needed more people close to him, close to where he can hurt the opposition, and that is the team’s goal.
“We had to adapt to play with Radamel Falcao, with Costa and now with Suarez.”
Joao Felix scored in both games as Atletico won home and away against Lokomotiv in last season’s Champions League.
The Russian side have collected one point from their first two Group A games and have lost nine of their past 11 European games against Spanish opponents, but Simeone is not taking them lightly.
“We are going to face a very competitive team,” he said. “The records of the last 14 games speak for themselves.
“Their losses were by the margin of one goal, they are always close and competitive games.
Source : goal.com