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Cech wary of improved Atletico

27 August 2012 18:49

Petr Cech believes Chelsea will face a very dangerous Atletico Madrid side in the UEFA Super Cup final on Friday.

The Blues were drawn in the same group as the Spanish outfit in the 2009-10 Champions League campaign three seasons ago, beating them at home and drawing away as the west London side went on to progress as winners.

Atletico failed to qualify from the group, finishing in third place behind Porto, but the Czech international insisted that they are now a much-improved outfit having tasted success and will prove very tough opponents.

"I've played against Atletico before, but since Diego Simeone's arrival in the dugout their playing style has changed," the keeper told UEFA.com.

"They're very disciplined, with an especially solid defence, and are difficult to handle on the counterattack.

"Also, because they're a Spanish team, they all want the ball and feel comfortable on it.

"With this change of style, Atletico are much more dangerous than when we faced them in the 2009-10 Champions League.

"Success has helped them. They are very well-drilled so beating them won't be easy."

The Premier League outfit qualified for the Super Cup final by winning last season's Champions League, defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final, whereas Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Europa League decider to earn their place.

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois was part of Atletico's team that were victorious in Europe last year having extended a loan spell at the Madrid-based club after joining Chelsea, and was impressive for the team that finished fifth in La Liga.

Cech praised the 20-year-old keeper's attributes, suggesting he is not easy to score past.

"He has very good self-control and great concentration for 90 minutes," Cech said. "He seems much more experienced than he is, so his great advantages are his head and mental strength.

"He can stay calm in decisive games - that's not easy at his age. He's tall, has very good reactions and is actually very quick, so it's hard to score against him."

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Info

Competition
UEFA Super Cup
Date
31 August 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 3
Full-time
1 - 4
Venue
Stade Louis II. (Monaco)
Attendance
14312

Goals

0 - 1
6' R. Falcao
 (assist by Adrián)
0 - 2
19' R. Falcao
 (assist by Koke)
0 - 3
45' R. Falcao
 (assist by A. Turan)
0 - 4
60' Miranda
 (assist by Mario Suárez)
G. Cahill 75'  
1 - 4

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
23 60'
20
3
2
14
4
10
6
7
9 6' 19' 45'
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11
23
34
22
16
6
13
# Player Bookings
11
8
21
18
19
1
17

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