Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has admitted his side are in for a tough game when they face AC Milan at home for the second-leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie.
The Colchoneros triumphed 1-0 at the San Siro in the first-leg however the Argentinian tactician was quick to acknowledge that despite his sides advantage, the Rossoneri are a side with a great history and plenty of talent.
“I am positive it will be a tough game, tough because they are a team with history and quality,” The 43-year-old told reporters at his press conference ahead of Tuesday nights clash.
“They have talent and we must see how our players will recover after the game against Celta Vigo.
“We will analyse the situation, but Diego, Arda Turan and Diego Godin will return.”
The former Inter and Lazio man also claimed the Diavolo thrive in the Champions League and highlighted that the midfield battle will be crucial to the outcome of the tie.
“I am expecting a Milan at their best tomorrow and it will be a hard game for both teams.
“They have great players and in these matches they always give their best.
“We will look to score but we must control the game,” Simeone continued. “The battle in the midfield could prove to be key to the outcome of the game.
“We must close down all of their space, they are a team that plays well on the attack and if we can’t contain them then we will suffer.”
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