Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - Milan 19/02/2014 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Round of 16, First leg

Milan - Atlético
0-1

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Simeone encouraged by Atlético's 'solid step'

Published: Wednesday 19 February 2014, 23.52CET
Diego Simeone called Club Atlético de Madrid's 1-0 win at San Siro a "solid step" towards the quarter-finals, but AC Milan's Clarence Seedorf still insisted: "We can do it."

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Match statistics

Milan
Atlético

0

Goals scored

1

52

Possession (%)

48

13

Total attempts

10

5

on target

7

8

off target

3

1

blocked

2

1

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

6

0

Offsides

3

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

15

Fouls committed

20

20

Fouls suffered

13

515

Passes

480

394

completed

355

Lineups

milan

Milan

atlético

Atlético

32Abbiati (GK)13Courtois (GK)
2De Sciglio
Substitution26
2Godín
13Rami
Yellow Card90+1
4Mario Suárez
Yellow Card41
15Essien6Koke
16Poli
Substitution85
8Raúl García
Substitution80
22Kaká (C)10Arda Turan
Substitution74
25Bonera
Yellow Card61
14Gabi (C)
27Taarabt19Diego Costa
Yellow Card69
Goal83
28Emanuelson20Juanfran
34N. de Jong22Insua
Yellow Card20
45Balotelli
Substitution78
23Miranda

Substitutes

1Amelia (GK)1Aranzubia (GK)
5Mexès7Adrián López
Substitution80
Yellow Card90+3
11Pazzini
Substitution78
9Villa
20Abate
Substitution26
Yellow Card44
11Cristian Rodríguez
Substitution74
21Constant
Substitution85
12Alderweireld
81Zaccardo24Sosa
95Petagna26Diego

Coaches

Clarence Seedorf (NED) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 19 February 2014, 23.52CET

Simeone encouraged by Atlético's 'solid step'

Diego Simeone called Club Atlético de Madrid's 1-0 win at San Siro a "solid step" towards the quarter-finals, but AC Milan's Clarence Seedorf still insisted: "We can do it."

Clarence Seedorf, Milan coach
I think everybody saw what my players did tonight, and I am proud of what they did, really. In the last 20 minutes we were tired and we were also a bit unlucky with their goal, I have to say. Balotelli is improving match by match but it takes time for strikers to adapt to each other. They have not played many games together. It will be tough in the return leg, I know, but I also remember I have had some fun in that stadium.

We really respect Atlético, but we can do it. The fans were great tonight, I have heard my players and it seems they believe we can go through. I believe we can do it too. My players are trying to improve, they are working hard, and I see the team spirit growing. My past experience tells me that team spirit can make you go far in the competition. This is the starting point for everything. I hope we can beat them in the return leg also because we are the last Italian team still in the competition.

Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
The game began well. The first ten minutes were good for us, we were playing in their half. However, after one moment where we lost possession the team started to lose ground. Because Milan are a great team, they came close to making us pay.

After the break, we changed and were much more aggressive which changed the outcome of the game. With five players across the middle, and Mario Suárez playing deep, we were able to deal better with their attacks. You also saw that we worked harder in the second half. They came at us playing an offensive game, using the wings, and they are a team that, whichever side they attack you from, can cause problems.

In the first half, our goalkeeper's performance was fundamental. In the second, it was Diego Costa who made the difference by taking advantage of the chance that came to him. We know it will still be difficult [in the second leg]. We have taken a solid step but there is so much still to play for at the Vicente Calderón.

Last updated: 10/03/14 9.01CET

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