Mark the 19th of February and the 11th of March in your calendar. That’s when Atlético Madrid take on AC Milan in the next round of the UEFA Champions League.
Seldom has the draw of the round of 16 been as predictable as it was on Monday afternoon. After Sulley Muntari’s comments in the press last week, there simply wasn’t going to be a way that the Rojiblancos wouldn’t be paired with the Rossonero.
Muntari had caused quite a stir after saying he was hoping to draw Atlético, claiming that “they’re the weakest of the first-seeded teams.”
The comments didn’t go down well with fans of Atleti, or with Gabi, who cheekily responded to a journalist’s question, “Who is Muntari?”.
After today’s draw, Raúl García was more political in his answer. “[Muntari] got what he wanted. He’ll be happy, because this is what he asked for. Now he’ll have to work hard to earn a spot in the next round,” ‘RG8’ added.
García was attending the presentation of Atlético Madrid’s Calendario Solidario, a project to support patients of rare diseases.
Of course, Enrique Cerezo was also present and willing to share his thoughts on our upcoming European opponents. The enigmatic president was surprisingly humble.
“Milan have won seven Champions League titles, and we have none. Last season they beat Barcelona 2-0, so they’re no easy team to beat”, the Don added.
Are you satisfied with the draw? Do you think Atlético can make it past this round to the quarter finals?