Simeone: Milan will be at their best

Diego Simeone is expecting a difficult opponent in Milan when Atletico Madrid resume their Champions League campaign tonight.

The sides meet at San Siro and Simeone told his pre-match Press conference that Atleti will have to play to a high level to avoid losing the tie in the first leg.

“We're up against a strong Milan team, which has achieved a lot. But Atlético is also a team with a lot of history,” El Cholo said.

“What happens in this game will be decisive. I think it will be an open match with several chances. From what I've seen of Milan, I think this is the type of game it will be.

“I expect Milan to be at its best. Dangerous players on the wings, up front and from set-pieces. I expect Milan to be at its best.

“It's always a great spectacle to see an open game for the people watching on the television. This is the identity of the two teams.”

Simeone however denied there are any favourites prior to kick-off and insisted he was not preparing for a long-term return to San Siro, the stadium at which he played for Inter.

“I'll say it again, we don't believe in favouritism. We have to play well, play with concentration and determination.

“I had two incredible years here. I left behind many teammates, friends and memories,” Simeone continued.

“It's exciting to play in such a stadium. I know all about the atmosphere at San Siro.

“The atmosphere won't affect me, but it might affect the players. It's a nice atmosphere to play in. Every player in the world wants to play in a stadium like San Siro."

"I haven't thought about managing Inter to tell the truth. At the moment I'm very happy to be at Atletico.”

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