Tuesday March 11 2014
Balotelli, Poli to start

Mario Balotelli and Andrea Poli are both seen as in line to make Milan’s starting XI against Atletico Madrid this evening.

The Rossoneri are at the Vicente Calderon tonight for their Champions League Last 16 second leg, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

Previous fitness doubts for the encounter, reports are that both Balotelli in continued struggles with a shoulder issue and Poli, after sustaining a blow to the head against Juventus recently, will make the starting line-up.

Poli is seen as in line to feature alongside Ricky Kaka and Adel Taarabt in an attacking three behind lone forward Balotelli, whilst central midfield will be Nigel de Jong and Michael Essien, in the suspended Riccardo Montolivo’s place.

Defence is expected to see Ignazio Abate and Urby Emanuelson on the flanks, with Adil Rami and Daniele Bonera sitting in front of Christian Abbiati.

Meanwhile, Diego Simeone’s quandary for Atletico Madrid reportedly hinges on selecting Raul Garcia or David Villa to support Diego Costa in attack. Los Colchoneros are at full strength.

Probable line-ups

Atletico Madrid:  Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe; Gabi, Mario Suarez; Arda Turan, Raul Garcia, Koke; Diego Costa

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Rami, Bonera, Emanuelson; Essien, De Jong; Taarabt, Poli, Kaka; Balotelli

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