Wednesday December 11 2013
Abbiati: 'Milan suffered!'

Christian Abbiati confessed to “suffering” against Ajax, but hopes Milan face Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16.

“Did we suffer? A little bit! My teammates did well, as to play with 10 men against an organised side like Ajax was not easy,” he told Sky Sport Italia after a 0-0 draw.

Riccardo Montolivo was sent off after just 22 minutes, but they clung on for the point at San Siro that secured Champions League qualification.

“We were fortunate early on when Christian Poulsen hit the post, but other than that it was an excellent performance from the whole team. We proved how much we wanted to stay in the Champions League.”

There were concerns before half-time that Abbiati would have to leave the pitch, as he was suffering from a recurring muscular problem.

“I felt a twinge and was afraid of doing serious damage. Then I thought I’d stay there until I was forced off.”

Milan are the only Italian side in the Round of 16 and are bound to have a tough draw against Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund or Atletico Madrid.

“Atletico Madrid would be nice. I played there and it would be nice to be back in that stadium. That’s the only reason, as there are no easy teams in the draw!”

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