Atletico Madrid v AC Milan Odds, team news, match preview in Champions League clash in capital
Latest Atletico Madrid v AC Milan odds, team news and live stream schedule from this Champions League clash in the Spanish Capital (KO 19:45GMT).
will look to seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they welcome Italian side AC Milan to the Vicente Calderon later tonight.
Diego Simeone’s men secured a first leg advantage at the San Siro two weeks ago when a Diego Costa goal seven minutes from the end gave them a crucial 1-0 win.
ATLETICO v AC MILAN
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The win was the latest in what has been an impressive European campaign that has seen six wins and one draw. The club have won all their games on their home turf, scoring nine goals and conceding just once.
The club warmed up for the clash by going second in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo, the win coming a week after their hard fought 2-2 draw with rival Real Madrid.
David Villa, left out by Spain for their win over Italy, showed that he still had plenty to offer as he scored a brace to revive Atletico’s title challenge, his performance drawing praise from his boss.
Simeone said: “He (Villa) lives on goals. He is a specialist in that, and the more options you have about the goal, the better for all.
“His accuracy and the strength has marked his career. He has put in such good effort for the team and he is an important player for us.
“We need him. We need his goals, his experience and he is one of the few players who is used to fighting every Sunday for first place (in the table). His forcefulness in the area is worth having.”
The performance of Villa was all the more vital as Atletico were minus the services of the suspended Costa.
The newly capped Spanish star is set to return on Tuesday however while young midfielder Koke will hope to start after coming off on 60 minutes against Celta with the score tied at 0-0.
Milan meanwhile will head into the game on the back of a second successive Serie A defeat. Clarence Seedorf’s side lost 2-0 to leaders Juventus last weekend and they missed the chance to get a morale boosting result ahead of the trip to Madrid when they crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Udinese.
While there was very little positives to take from the result and indeed the game, Seedorf will have been pleased to see striker Mario Balotelli return to action after missing the last two games.
Balotelli played the final 23 minutes and is in line to start in the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday.