Simeone warns Atletico over AC Milanís midfield
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has urged his players to stay on their toes and be wary of AC Milan in the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie on Tuesday. Simeone expects AC Milan’s top drawer players “to be at their best” when the Italian side travels to Spain this week.
Simeone has warned his men against AC Milan’s advances. Simeone believes if Atletico Madrid are able to control the midfield in the battle at Estadio Vicente Calderon then his side will be able to record a win.
AC Milan’s poor form has made Atletico Madrid into favorites for the next round. However, Simeone insists he sees AC Milan’s big names stepping up to the mantle to bring up a good fight against his team.
“Milan is a very strong institution in football history, accustomed to winning in this competition and with players with a lot of talent,” Simeone said. “I expect the best Milan, for sure we will have a tough game tomorrow, it will be very difficult. Great players show up in big games, regardless of the form they might be in. Milan have great players, and we must expect them at their best.”
Simeone explained that AC Milan’s star striker Mario Balotelli wasn’t the only threatening player in the Italian outfit. The Argentine tactician explained that AC Milan’s midfield could prove to be deadly and that the Rossoneri should concentrate on clogging up the midfield for them.
“Balotelli can make the difference, but it is the team which makes him powerful,” Simeone said. “They are also dangerous on the wings through [Mattia] De Sciglio and [Urby] Emanuelson. [Sulley] Muntari has a good shot. With spaces they are a difficult team to play against. We will try and take away those spaces, so they cannot damage us with this game. Our concern is more with where moves start.”
Simeone revealed that his game plan would be to control the midfield. Simeone explained that he had picked out a strategy after seeing AC Milan play in the first leg and had noticed that AC Milan become vulnerable when they are invited to attack since a gap is created in the midfield.
Simeone further stated that he expects open plays in the game and a good fight from the Italian adversaries. Simeone added that he expected his men to put up a good fight and that he had faith in his team’s ability to pick up a win.