By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Falcao's phenomenal 45 goals in 2012 fired Atletico Madrid to a UEFA Cup win and a respectable second place in La Liga going into the winter break and Simeone believes that
"Falcao is crucial [to Atletico] and he has progressed a lot," Simeone acknowledged in an interview with the newspaper The Spectator. "He never tires of creating goals. It's crazy.
"I had never seen such desire, because he has a hunger, a need for improving and becoming better. He knows that this is his strength, such is his forcefulness to succeed."
Atletico sit nine points behind league-leaders Barcelona having played 17 games, but seven points clear of local rivals Real Madrid despite losing their derby recently.