Radamel Falcao praises Atletico Madrid

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and FC Lorient at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on September 15, 2013
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Monaco forward Radamel Falcao says that he is "not surprised" by Atletico Madrid's progress this season.

Monaco forward Radamel Falcao has praised his former club Atletico Madrid for their staying power in the race for the La Liga title this season.

The Colombian spent two seasons with Atletico, scoring 70 times in 91 matches before moving to Monaco last summer.

However, the 28-year-old has revealed that he is "not surprised" by Atletico's progress this season.

"Maybe I didn't expect them to be this strong and so in control. Yes we knew the team, in its third year with Diego Simeone, would be stronger," he told reporters.

"But for them to fight him on level terms with Real Madrid and Barcelona, who have a vastly bigger budget, I don't think anyone thought this was possible.

"What they are doing is admirable under Simeone, but I'm not surprised. I knew they had the potential."

Falcao is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.

Atletico de Madrid players celebrate after scoring their 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on March 2, 2014
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