Ahead of Radamel Falcao’s expected Atlético debut against Valencia this weekend, a former coach of the Colombian has come out and explained why he will win over the Atleti fans.
Argentina and Atlético football legend Diego Simeone revealed to MARCA why he believes the striker will succeed at the Calderón.
“If Atletico play with their full-backs joining the attack and the attackers playing out wide, I believe Falcao will score many goals,” Simeone said.
“He is a player who needs service to fully reach his potential, since he moves really well in open spaces.”
Simeone now coaches Racing in Argentina, after succesfully saving Catania from relegation in the Serie A last season.
The Argentine, who coached the striker three years ago while at River Plate, predicts that Falcao will win the hearts of the Rojiblancos faithful thanks to his “generous” style of play. “He will be very well accepted in Madrid, I have no doubt about that.”
The €40 million signing is expected to make his debut in Atlético’s away match against Valencia. It’s never an easy trip to Mestalla and a player of Falcao’s class will come in handy against he home side’s strong defence, especially when he may be partnered in attack by fellow new signing Diego.
The Valencia game gives Falcao the perfect opportunity to hit the ground running at his new club and also gives Atleti fans the chance to get to know a bit more about the player who scored a remarkable 39 goals for FC Porto last year.
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