Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he expecting a tough clash when his side travel to take on Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.
Despite their opponents sitting in eight place on the Bundesliga table, Simeone is wary of the quality players Leverkusen have at their possession.
“We have to see how they play because we are going to meet the best Bayer this season,” he told a press conference.
“Leverkusen are a very strong side, particularly on the wings with Karim Bellarabi and Kai Havertz. Up front they have Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who is in fine form.
“It will be a hard match and they will press us at the top of the pitch. They are one of the most intense rivals we have played in the Champions League.
“We are going to find a team that deploys everything their coach asks – heart, enthusiasm, intention and a lot of intensity. Talent is important, but heart and hopefulness have a bigger place in football.
“But our own team has grown in this beginning of 2017 compared with the end of 2016. We will keep trying to improve our consistency and make that last leap in quality.”
The match will kick off at 6:45 on Wednesday morning AEDT.