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Champions League: Clarence Seedorf wary of ‘strong’ Atletico Madrid

Factfile on AC Milan and Atletico Madrid ahead of the Champions League last 16, first leg tie between the clubs on Wednesday:

Form: Rarely have seven-time European champions Milan been bigger outsiders coming into a continental tie. But while they languish in mid-table in Serie A and continue their search for consistency despite last month’s appointment as coach of former player Clarence Seedorf, Atletico are enjoying a superb season. Diego Simeone’s side, who dropped just two points en route to winning Group H, are pushing Barcelona and Real Madrid hard in the Spanish title race and can rely on the goals of Diego Costa as they chase a first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals since 1997.


AC Milan — Clarence Seedorf (NED) age — 37

Atletico Madrid — Diego Simeone (ARG) age — 43

Leading scorers in all competitions:

AC Milan — Mario Balotelli (14 goals)

Atletico Madrid — Diego Costa (26 goals)

Domestic league performance

AC Milan — Ninth in Serie A, 18 points adrift of the third and final Champions League qualifying spot for next season

Atletico Madrid — Level on points with Liga leaders Barcelona, but trailing the Catalans and Real Madrid on goal difference

Group stage performance

AC Milan — second in Group H behind Barcelona

Atletico Madrid — winners of Group G ahead of Zenit St Petersburg

European Cup/Champions League best performances:

AC Milan — winners 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007

Atletico Madrid — runners-up 1974

Other honours:

AC Milan — 18 x Italian champions, 5 x Italian Cup winners, 2 x Cup Winners’ Cup winners, 3 x Intercontinental Cup winners, 1 x Club World Cup winners

Atletico Madrid — 9 x Spanish champions, 10 x Copa del Rey winners, 2 x Europa League winners, 1 x Cup Winners’ Cup winners, 1 x Intercontinental Cup winners

Previous meetings: None