Champions League quarter-final clash in Madrid tonight – saying none of his players will have the excuse that they were not warned about him.
Vardy has rediscovered his scoring touch with six goals from his last eight games and Simeone said: “I like him and I really rate him as a player. He’s a powerful player who gives the Leicester team a lot of depth.
“He always makes life really difficult for defenders because he is always chasing them down and is very dangerous.
Diego Simeone has told his Atletico players to be wary of Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy has rediscovered his form in recent weeks
“Last season he was very consistent and scored a lot of goals. He struggled a bit at the start of this season but he’s back bang in form and needs to be watched very closely.”
Simeone gave short shrift to any talk about the continual speculation that he could be lined-up to take over at a top Premier League club with Arsenal the main link.
Asked if there was anything he wanted to achieve with Atletico before he was ready to take over at a top club in England or Italy, Simeone breezed out of the Press conference saying with a smile: “Winning tomorrow.”
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He said he was not expecting the two games with Leicester to throw up many goals but added: “I just can’t picture a lot of goals to be honest. We know we are in for two challenging games.
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“Some people say the teams are similar in style. There are no rules on how to play or to win. Leicester are like us in that they play to the strengths of the players they have.”