Atletico Madrid boss, Simeone defends star strikers Suarez and Griezmann after slow start

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Following their draw match with Athletic club, last Saturday, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has defended his major strikers, Suarez and Griezmann with hopes that they will come up in good form soon.

Both strikers are on almost goal drought this season. Suarez has netted only once in six appearances this term for Atleti, while Griezmann is yet to score in three games since his deadline day move from Barcelona.

Speaking about them, Simone said: “I have full confidence in all my players. I am aware that Luis was the last one to join the team alongside [Angel] Correa, [Kieran] Trippier and [Ramon] Lodi,”

“They are the last ones who joined us in the pre-season. Then, in the international break, when he was getting fully fit, he had to stop following some physical issues.

“Now it is normal that it is taking some time for him to get fit but he eventually will, as he is a very important player for us.”

On Griezmann, Simeone added: “I have full confidence in Antoine. He is a very important player for our team and all I had to tell him about is what I saw from his performances and which aspects I want him to improve on, and I have already told him this.

“No, we must improve on that aspect, you just mentioned,” he said. “I have no doubts we will do that.

“We really respect the Referee’s Committee and yes, sometimes you can talk with them [in the games], but we are aiming to reduce those numbers because they are not good from us.”

The reigning LA Liga champions will take on Getafe today being Tuesday, September 21.