Monday December 16 2013
Albertini respects Atletico threat

Demetrio Albertini expects Milan to have their difficulties against Atletico Madrid when his two former clubs meet in the Champions League.

“It will be a tough match,” the former Diavolo midfielder told Milan News after they were paired in the last 16 draw.

“Diego Simeone’s side plays good football and the stadium will be very hot.

“As always, you think about the history of a club and that's why we tend to underestimate Atletico, but, at the moment, they are one of the most in-form in Europe.

“If they are in first place with Barcelona and above Real Madrid in the Spanish League then it means that they won’t be easy to deal with.

“However, as always, it depends on how the clubs are doing at the time. Real Madrid could have been a high level opponent, especially for their tradition, but Atletico are not that far behind.”

After 14 years at Milan, Albertini left San Siro for the Madrid outfit in the summer of 2002. The former international also played for Lazio, Atalanta and Barcelona.

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