Diego Costa has commented on his belief that Atletico Madrid have the potential to take a positive result away from Milan this midweek.
The Champions League Last 16 begins this week and Wednesday will see the Rossoneri play host to Diego Simeone’s outfit, who currently sit third in La Liga, but level on points with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
For Los Colchoneros’ striker, respect for Il Diavolo is high, but so too is belief inside his team’s dressing room.
“It is a pretty complicated game, but there is the potential for us to play a complete game out there,” Costa has reflected to reporters this week.
“I like big games. Atletico is a big club that should be in this sort of game. I encourage encounters like this.
“It’s a nice game and we will go to San Siro to enjoy it. We know what it represents for Atleti, for us. I believe that we can do something good there.
“A great team like Milan has a long tradition in these games and for us to get something from there we will have to play as complete a game as possible.
“Our form of late? A few days ago it was said that we were at our worst. Those are not things we look at.
“There was no crisis, we knew it would happen sooner or later. People have doubts after three defeats, but we did not have those doubts in the dressing room.
“We practically played two games in a row against a great side like Real Madrid.”
“Mario Balotelli? He’s a great player, among the best in the world. Our defenders are aware of this, they have been warned about him and will do anything to stop him from scoring.
“Are there similarities between him and me? I don’t know, I’ve not thought about it…”
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