AC Milan v Atletico Madrid: Champions League match preview
A look ahead to this week’s Champions League tie at the San Siro
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Wednesday’s game between AC Milan and Atletico Madrid pits two sides against each other whose season could not be going more differently.
Atletico are currently gripped in the tightest La Liga title race for years with all three top sides with 60 points and only separated by goal difference.
In Italy, AC Milan are having a shocking season in the league. The winners of the 2007 Champions League are 31 points off the pace of Juventus. With the league title gone, AC Milan can now focus on the Europe’s top prize and it will be crucial that Milan have something to take to Madrid.
The San Siro can be a tough place to go for any team and will be Atletico’s toughest game of the competition so far. The Spanish side breezed through their group only dropping 2 points and conceding just 3 goals.
No matter what the Serie A table might say, AC Milan still have a fine squad with some individual brilliance in the likes of Mario Balotelli Stephan El Shaarawy and Wednesday’s game should be a tight and interesting affair.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
The two sides have never met in a competitive match
AC Milan’s Champions League record this year: P6 W2 D3 L1 F8 A5
Atletico Madrid’s Champions League record this year: P6 W5 D1 L0 F15 A3
Atletico Madrid qualified with the most points from their group (16), joint with Real Madrid
AC Milan are currently ninth in Serie A, 31 points behind leaders Juventus
Atletico Madrid are level on 60 points with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of La Liga
Mario Balotelli has scored 10 times in Serie A this year
Atletico Madrid’s Gabi has covered more distance than any other player left in this year’s competition
AC Milan to win: 3.75
Atletico Madrid to win: 2.2
TV: Live on Sky Sports 3 at 7.45pm, Highlights Sky Sports 1 Thursday 12.00am
Latest in Sport
Australian Open 2015: Serena Williams vs Dominika Cibulkova match preview
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal personally stepped in to block Adnan Januzaj's loan move to PSG
Chelsea transfer news and rumours: Juan Cuadrado battle; Douglas Costa wants move; Paul Pogba possible
Chelsea vs Liverpool match report: Branislav Ivanovic seals classic semi-final with extra-time header to send Blues to Wembley
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
- 1 King Salman: Just five days in, Saudi Arabia's new king has already overseen a beheading
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 4 Presidential optical illusion offers clues to how brain processes faces
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes