UEFA Champions League | Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan: Line-ups

Atletico Madrid

AC Milan

Atletico To Cause Problems Upfront

#1

Simeone’s men currently occupy third spot – which would result in an unfancied drop down to the Europa League – in Group B, but second-placed Porto are only one point clear as they prepare to face a daunting trip to Anfield to face the group leaders.

#2

Atletico have also won just one of their last six games in the Champions League – although it was their dramatic late success over Milan at San Siro – so Stefano Pioli’s side will be out for a measure of revenge in midweek.

#3

The last thing that AC Milan and Pioli wanted before a crunch match in Europe would have been a taxing affair ultimately ending in defeat against Fiorentina, but Dusan Vlahovic and co were simply on top of their game to dispatch the Rossoneri in a seven-goal thriller.

#4

Pioli’s side claimed their first point of the 2021-22 Champions League last time out against Porto, but it may be too little too late for the Serie A giants to salvage anything in Europe, as they sit bottom of the rankings and cannot break into the top two no matter what transpires this week.

#5

Milan have now failed to win in three games across all competitions since the start of the month and must welcome runaway leaders Liverpool to San Siro on the final day, so the importance of a first away Champions League win since November 2013 cannot be understated.

DPP Verdict

Atletico have lost the defensive resilience that made them so formidable under Simeone, but with Griezmann and Suarez linking up in the final third, a depleted Milan rearguard could be in for a long evening. Both sides have under-performed in this season’s tournament, but Atletico have proven a tough proposition at home for most sides in recent weeks and will look to boost their chances of a top-two finish at the expense of the Rossoneri’s.