Atlético players and staff find themselves in Italy for their Champions League round of 16 first leg draw against AC Milan.
Kick-off at the San Siro is all set for 20:45 CET on Wednesday.
While Atlético are favoured to come out victorious in the draw, it is not wise to count Milan out.
As Milan coach Seedorf said when asked about the match, “They are favourites, but the Champions league is something different.”
Because Milan have struggled in their league, the Champions is the only way to improve the image of the team this season.
The Rossoneri will undoubtedly go all out against Atleti, and Diego Simeone expects the best Milan to show up.
The home side are currently sitting in ninth in the Serie A, 12 points away from Champions League qualification for the following campaign–and 13 points over the relegation zone.
This Milan is very similar to the Atlético Madrid under Gregorio Manzano. Horrible times, no?
After three straight defeats, Atleti got back to their winning ways after defeating Valladolid 3-0 this past Saturday.
The team is hopeful to continue its winning streak by securing a triumph in the San Siro.
‘Cholo’ has history in the San Siro, as he played many years there for Inter Milan–fierce rivals of AC Milan.
When asked if his return to the stadium will be special, he responded: “For me, yes. However, I am not playing. To play in the San Siro is something very important for a player.”
Rojiblanco captain Gabi was present alongside Cholo during the press conference.
“The team respects Milan due to the history and players that they have,” he stated.
“We achieved the possibility of playing here with our good results, we want to have a good game and get a favourable result.”
Luckily for Muntari, he will not be playing this match due to suspension.
Let’s not forget what he said about us shortly after the draw.
It’s rumoured that Cholo will start Raúl García up front with Diego Costa. Raúl just renewed his contract through 2018.
David Villa, whose last goal in Champions came against Milan, will wait his turn on the bench.
Muntari, this match is for you.
Atlético match selection: TBA
AC Milan match selection: Abbiati, Amelia, Coppola, Abate, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo, De Jong, Emanuelson, Essien, Kaká, Poli, Balotelli, Pazzini, Petagna, Taarabt