Viktoria Plzen defender David Limbersky believes his side will be facing one of the top 10 teams in the world when they take on Atletico Madrid in the Europa League.
Both clubs will put their 100% starts in Group B on the line at the Vicente Calderon and Limbersky is more than aware of what Plzen are up against.
Not only have Atletico got a great recent record in the Europa League, winning it in 2010 and again last season, but they have enjoyed a flying start to the current campaign, picking up 16 from a possible 18 points to sit second in La Liga, while also thrashing Champions League winners Chelsea 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cup.
Limbersky said on www.fotbalportal.cz: ``I think they are one of the 10 best teams in the world, so we are expecting great opponents. In addition to that they are also in excellent form, where they have only drawn once in seven rounds in the league.''
The Czech Republic international also believes Atletico have arguably the top goalscorer on the planet in Radamel Falcao.
The Colombia ace has already notched 10 goals in all competitions this season, including back-to-back hat-tricks against last season's Europa League runners-up Athletic Bilbao and Chelsea, and he is regularly being linked with a move to some of Europe's superpowers.
Limbersky said: ``He is exceptional and is currently one of the best, if not the best, strikers in the world. It's no wonder Chelsea want to pay a lot of money for him. He finishes the same whether it's with his right foot, left, or head.''
It remains to be seen if Atletico coach Diego Simeone opts to use Falcao, especially with a big Primera Division clash with third-placed Malaga coming up on Sunday.
However, whatever side he decides to send out against the Czech league high-flyers, Simeone insists Atletico are taking the competition very seriously.
He told reporters: ``Sunday's game is a long way off. The day-by-day is what matters to us. We face a direct rival in the Europa League and it's an important game towards qualification.
``It's a competition that we respect and we like a lot because it's given a lot of pleasure to Atletico supporters in recent years.''