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Match facts: Milan v Atlético

Published: Sunday 16 February 2014, 2.45CET
Match facts: Milan v Atlético
Clarence Seedorf will take charge of his first European game when Atlético visit San Siro ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 16 February 2014, 2.45CET

Match facts: Milan v Atlético

Milan

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• This is Clarence Seedorf's first UEFA Champions League game as a coach.

• Cristián Zapata has played all 720 minutes of Milan's campaign, play-off included.

• Sulley Muntari is suspended for the first leg while Riccardo Montolivo starts a two-game ban for the red card he received on matchday six. Mario Balotelli and Nigel de Jong are both a booking away from a suspension.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Michael Essien (Chelsea FC), Adil Rami (Valencia CF, loan), Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers FC, loan)
• Out: Alessandro Matri (ACF Fiorentina, loan), Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United FC, loan), Matías Silvestre

General information
• Milan went into matchday six 14 points shy of the top three in Serie A. They resume their European campaign even further adrift and out of the Coppa Italia following January's quarter-final defeat by Udinese Calcio.

• The Rossoneri have won just four of their last 12 home games.

• Milan signed Keisuke Honda on a free transfer from PFC CSKA Moskva at the beginning of last month though he is ineligible for the UEFA Champions League. Fellow January arrivals Rami (1-1 v Torino FC) and Taarabt (1-3 v SSC Napoli) scored their first goals for the San Siro club in early February. 

• On 13 January, Milan parted company with coach Massimiliano Allegri following a 4-3 loss, having been 2-0 up, to US Sassuolo Calcio the previous day. The Rossoneri appointed Seedorf as Allegri's successor on a contract until June 2016. The 37-year-old, who scored 47 goals in 300 Serie A outings for Milan, began his tenure with a 1-0 win against Hellas Verona FC on 19 January.

• Marco Amelia (out since mid-November, knee) returned to action against Cagliari Calcio on 26 January. Giampaolo Pazzini, back from a knee injury, made his first appearance of the season in January's Sassuolo loss.

• Stephan El Shaarawy has not played since having surgery on a fractured metatarsal on 28 December.

Atlético

UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Atlético, Manchester United FC and Real Madrid CF were the only sides to end the group stage unbeaten.

• Juanfran is available after serving a one-game ban; Raúl Garcia is a booking away from a suspension.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
• In: Diego (VfL Wolfsburg, loan), José Ernesto Sosa (FC Metalist Kharkiv, loan)

• Out: Léo Baptistão (Real Betis Balompié, loan), Josuha Guilavogui (AS Saint-Étienne, loan), Óliver Torres (Villarreal CF, loan)

General information
• Atlético went 277 minutes without a goal, their longest wait since December 2011/January 2012, before hitting two in 60 seconds against Real Valladolid CF on Saturday, setting them on course for a 3-0 win.

• Atlético had lost their last three games – their worst run since suffering five in a row in January/February 2011 – before Saturday.

• Diego Costa has scored 21 Liga goals this season; his previous best was ten, set last term.

• The Rojiblancos suffered their first home defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid CF in their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on 11 February.

• Former Atlético striker and coach Luis Aragonés, mastermind of Spain's UEFA EURO 2008 win, died on 1 February aged 75.

• Tiago had surgery on a broken wrist on 11 February. Filipe Luís has not featured since tearing an adductor on 29 January and Javi Manquillo will miss both legs with a neck injury suffered in the second leg against Madrid.

• Atlético won their first eight Liga games this season, one shy of Madrid's league best of nine victories at the start of a campaign achieved in 1968/69.

Last updated: 15/02/14 19.19CET

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