Albertini: Atleti have the advantage

Demetrio Albertini believes that Atletico Madrid are favourites when they face Milan this week.

The Rossoneri host Los Colchoneros in the first leg of the Champions League Last 16 on Wednesday evening.

And Albertini, who has represented both, has insisted that Diego Simeone’s side are the ones to beat, but won’t write off the Italian giants.

“Atletico have been modernised and the team are fighting with the best. They have won the Europa League and the Supercopa,” began Albertini to AS today.

“Yes Atletico has an advantage, they are favourite, for their place in La Liga, but do not forget one thing.

“The Champions League is Milan’s home. They have seven European Cups, the history is there.

“Atletico are having an impressive season, maintaining the pace with Madrid and Barcelona and playing with a lot of determination.

“They are very dangerous because they have the confidence of a winning team.

“How should Milan face them? I’m not a Coach, it is not my field. That is what you should ask Seedorf.

“Atletico seems like an Argentine or Italian team since Simeone’s arrival. They are tough. Above all they are a balanced team.

“The Coach has conveyed a very definite style and character. Balance is the mark and character of Atletico.

“Seedorf, on the other hand, has not had too much time to fix things, but the team has been reinforced in the winter and has improved.”

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