Back in the Champions League After a long hiatus that began in the 2014/15 season and ended in the current season, the Milan returns to the European fields and receives the Atlético de Madrid for the second round of the Group Stage of group B, in San Siro. The confrontation has a pleasant coincidence.
On February 19, 2014, exactly against Atleti, the ‘Rossonero’ played his last home game for the Champions League. At that time, the clash was valid for the first leg of the Round of 16 of the 2013/14 edition, and Milan lost 1-0 with a goal from the naturalized Spanish Brazilian forward, Diego Costa, who currently defends the colors of Atlético -MG, in Brazil.
And if Milan currently has the experienced Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the main reference in the team, in 2014 the position still belonged to the Brazilian Kaka. The eternal 22 jersey was in its second stage at San Siro, after returning from Real Madrid.
It was even in the club Milan where the Brazilian lived the best moments of his career, being elected Best in the World in 2007 and winning the Champions League in the 2006/07 season.
For that match, the Italian club, at the time led by former Rossoneri player and idol Clarence Seedorf, took to the field with: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Rami, Bonera, Emanuelson; de Jong, Essien, Taarabt, Poli and Kaka; Balotelli.
Of these players, none remain in the current squad, which is now led by Stefano Pioli. The bench also featured other known names such as the goalkeeper Marco Amelia and defenders Philippe Mexés and Cristian Zaccardo.
The Spanish club, which was runner-up below Real Madrid, took to the field with: Courtois; Torres, Miranda, Godín and Insúa; Gabi, Mario Suárez, Arda Turan, Koke and García; Diego Costa. The coach was already Diego Simeone, who remains in office to this day.
In addition to the victory in Italy, the Atlético de Madrid they also won the second leg, in Spain, and applied a 4-1 to Milan, adding a score of 5-1 in the final aggregate, and securing a place in the Quarterfinals for the Spanish.
In this edition, the two teams are looking for their first victory in group B. Atlético occupies second place, with one point, while Milan has one defeat and zero points.