Diego Simeone praises David Villa

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone praises the work-rate of Spanish striker David Villa.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has praised the work-rate of Spanish striker David Villa ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Porto.

The 31-year-old, who arrived at the capital outfit from Barcelona in the summer, has scored three times for the club in the early part of the season.

"He's a top player. He's probably the player who's most used to winning in our squad. He's very important for us; he takes up great positions, is good with the ball and most importantly, scores goals," Simeone told AS.

"What surprises me is the work he puts in for the whole group; that's something I like a lot and which is good for everyone."

Atletico will be without Villa's strike partner Diego Costa for the European clash through suspension.

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Almeria on September 14, 2013
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