'As a team, Atletico are the best' - Filipe Luis

The defender says his side are the only Champions League semi-finalists who have not relied on a "superstar" to fire them to the last four as they prepare to face Chelsea
Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis believes his side are stronger as a team than any of the other Champions League semi-finalists.

The Rojiblancos beat Barcelona to reach the last four of Europe's top competition for the first time in 40 years in a remarkable season which sees them top the Liga table with four games to play.

Filipe Luis says the squad is now fully concentrated on their against Chelsea on Tuesday, and is adamant the fighting spirit instilled by Diego Simeone makes them the strongest team unit left in the tournament.

"It will probably be the game of our lives," he Brazilian told AS. "But we're also fighting for the league in the final four games.

"That says a lot about the kind of season we've had. When a game finishes, the boss only talks about the next one.

"The other teams have reached this stage with a star player. We've done it without a superstar. Perhaps [Diego] Costa and [David] Villa can be considered as such, but nobody is greater than anybody else.

"Everyone gives everything. Diego Costa almost broke his leg trying to score a goal. As a team, we are the best."

The tie marks Jose Mourinho's first return to Spain since his ignominious exit as head coach of Real Madrid in 2013, but Filipe Luis is adamant the Portuguese was a success in the capital and says players across the globe would love the chance to play for him.

"Chelsea have great players who are first-choice with many national teams. They have a lot of Brazilians and a lot of balance," he said.

"Mourinho is a great coach who did a fantastic job in his time in Spain. He's one of the coaches with whom all players would like to work because he can turn teams into champions."

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