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Mario Balotelli and Clarence Seedorf
Mario Balotelli and Clarence Seedorf [Reuters]

Atletico Madrid travel to Italy to take on AC Milan for the first leg of the last-16 in the UEFA Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday evening.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3 HD.


Milan welcome Atletico at the San Siro following their 1-0 victory against Bologna in the Serie A last Friday. Mario Balotelli's goal late in the second-half was enough to give the home side three much needed points that lifted them from the bottom half of the table.

Clarence Seedorf's side currently sit ninth in the table with 32 points from 24 matches. The seven-time European champions secured their progress to the knockout stages of the competition after finishing second in Group H with nine points.

Meanwhile, Atletico remained unbeaten to top Group G with 16 points, finishing 10 points clear of second placed Zenit St Petersburg in the group stage of the Champions League registering five wins and one draw in the process.

In their previous La Liga fixture, Atletico beat Real Valladolid, 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon last Saturday. Raul Garcia opened the scoring in the third minute of the game before Diego Costa added a second for the home side in less than a minute.

Diego Godin added a third in the second half to help the home side bounce back from their three-game losing streak in all competitions.

Diego Costa
Diego Costa [Reuters]

The result meant that Diego Simeone's side remained level on points with Barcelona and Real Madrid with 60 after completion of 24 matches and currently sit third due to inferior goal difference.

What Managers Say

Clarence Seedorf: "The team are ready and motivated. We're going to face a side that are doing well. We're really motivated. It will be a great night, full of chances to reap the benefits of our hard work. The Champions League is special - it is a very important competition and we are happy to be representing Italy. Atletico deserve respect. They are a strong team - well organised - but they have chinks in their armour that we hope to exploit. We will give our best and we will stick together."

Diego Simeone: "History does count in these ties. Our opponents are a European powerhouse both as a team and as a club. However, Atletico also have a great tradition in cup competitions. Tomorrow the players will write a new chapter of history. It will be an open game, we can expect anything. It is difficult to make a prediction. We will be facing the best possible Milan side, with players who are very good on the counterattack and good at exploiting space."

Team Form

Keisuke Honda
Keisuke Honda [Reuters]

AC Milan

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L D W L
  • Last Result: AC Milan 1-0 Bologna

Atletico Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L L L W
  • Last Result: Atletico Madrid 3-0 Real Valladolid

Team Guide

AC Milan

  • Injured: Stephan El Shaarawy (foot), Bryan Cristante (leg), Valter Birsa (thigh), Robinho (thigh)
  • Doubtful: Kaka (ankle), Cristian Zapata (thigh)
  • Suspended: Riccardo Montolivo, Sulley Muntari

Probable Lineup: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Rami, Mexes, Constant; Abate, Essien, De Jong, Taarabt; Honda, Balotelli, Taarabt

Atletico Madrid

  • Injured: Filipe Luis (groin), Javier Manquillo (back), Tiago Mendes (wrist)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Courtois; Juanfran, Godin, Alderweireld, Insua; Suarez, Gabi; Turan, Koke, Rodriguez; Costa