Simeone: Falcao was nearly perfect against Athletic Bilbao

The Atletico Madrid trainer was impressed with the striker's display, and is eagerly anticipating Friday's Super Cup encounter against Chelsea
Diego Simeone has taken the time to praise Radamel Falcao in the aftermath of his impressive performance for Atletico Madrid in the 4-0 Primera Division win over Athletic Bilbao on Monday.

The Colombia international netted a hat-trick to guide los Rojiblancos to their first victory over the season, and Simeone feels the attacker was close to perfection.

"Falcao had an extraordinary game, almost perfect," the Argentine coach stated at his post-match press conference.

"I especially liked all the guys who came off the bench [Adrian, Diego Costa and Tiago], too. We have to know that we have strength in the team because there are options, something that gives us optimism."

The Argentine coach then looked ahead to Friday's European Super Cup match against Chelsea, and says he is full of respect for the Premier League giants.

"Chelsea are a powerful team both football-wise and economically, and we, with humility and hard work, will try to have a good game."

Friday's match in Monaco kicks off at 20:45CET.