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LUIS SUAREZ sneakily pinched Antonio Rudiger's thigh as the Atletico Madrid striker pulled all his old tricks in defeat to Chelsea.

The Blues head into the last 16 second leg with a crucial away goal after veteran striker Olivier Giroud scored a stunning bicycle kick.

4Luis Suarez sneakily pinched Antonio Rudiger's thigh 4Luis Suarez infamously bit Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, earning him a ten-game FA banCredit: Pixel 8

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But for his opposite number, it was a more frustrating night, with LaLiga leaders Atletico not managing a single shot on target.

And it appeared to get on top of Suarez, who was captured pinching Rudiger, causing the German to square up to the forward.

Suarez will not only be remembered by Chelsea fans for his prolific scoring for Liverpool - but also for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic in 2013 that saw him banned for ten games.

And he was in another menacing mood against the Blues as he tried to provoke captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who was on the field with Ivanovic all those years ago.

Suarez flicked his leg out at the Spaniard but still went down looking for a free-kick.

Just moments later, he clattered into Callum Hudson-Odoi, which was adjudged as a foul.

Chelsea legend Joe Cole referenced Suarez's infamous bite and cheeky pinch on Rudiger.

The BT Sport pundit joked: "When you're telling off your kids and they go from biting to pinching, you're doing alright."

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Rio Ferdinand added: "The referee is never going to see that. He's a street fighter."

Giroud's acrobatic effort is all that separates the sides going into the return leg at Stamford Bridge on March 17.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: “Fantastic result, fantastic goal. Well deserved.

“We wanted to dominate in the opponents’ half, to never lose concentration, not to do any easy mistakes and always be aware of quick counter-attacks for all their quality.

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“It was a very disciplined performance – a deserved shut-out. This is the hard work, a team effort – the basis for a big win.

“We knew it [Atletico packing their defence] could happen. We told the guys if it happens maybe it’s our quality and the respect.

"I wanted them to be brave and play in their half. We knew they were ready to suffer with eight people in the box.

"The intention was to keep the intensity high. This is what we did very good. We never let them breathe or come out for counter-attacks.

"We have a big reward with this result. This is one of the toughest challenges to open a defence like Atletico.”

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Souness, Keane and Hasselbaink question Martial’s ‘passion’ for football as Man Utd star is benched against Chelsea

GRAEME SOUNESS, Roy Keane and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink all questioned Anthony Martial's passion for football after he was dropped for Manchester United's clash with Chelsea.

The French striker, 24, was left on the bench for Sunday's headline game, with youngster Mason Greenwood preferred up front.

4Martial was dropped by Man Utd for the game against Chelsea, but the Sky Sports pundits weren't shockedCredit: PA:Press Association 4Graeme Souness slammed Martial's lack of passion suggesting he will look back on his career with regretCredit: Sky Sports

Daniel James and Marcus Rashford started on the wings, leaving no room for Martial.

And none of the Sky Sports pundits were particularly surprised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dropping the former Monaco man.

Souness, Keane and Hasselbaink took turns questioning the United's star 'love' of football, 'passion' and 'priorities'.

Souness said: "Martial. I'm not surprised he's been left out.

"I think he's a young man who's got all the talent to succeed at the very highest level.

"But will he be disappointed he's not playing today? Does he show that he's got a real passion for the game?

"Do you ever see him emotional about the game? I've never seen it.

"He's one of those players who's going to end up looking back on his career and thinking 'I could have done so much more'."

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Souness concluded: "I'm a fan, but I'm not a fan."

Old Trafford legend Keane chipped in in agreement, adding: "It doesn't look like he loves the game.

"That's always a worry. He doesn't love the game."

While ex-Chelsea striker Hasselbaink added: "His priorities are in a different place.

"I think, for him, it's more important to go past three players and talk about that.

"You know, 'look how I got past three players'... but not put the ball in the net.

"That is more important for him. That's the perception I can get from him."

Souness continued: "I said at the start of the season, the biggest challenge Ole has is to keep the fire lit under Martial, because he had a good end to last season.

"I don't think that's happened."

Just last weekend, Alan Shearer - the Premier League's all-time leading scorer - claimed he believes Martial lacks the desire required to be an elite striker.

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