Diego Simeone has warned his Atletico Madrid side not to take anything for granted ahead of their second-leg tie against AC Milan at the Vicente Calderon Tuesday night.
“Their form doesn't complicate anything because I expect the best Milan. It will be a very difficult match, as we saw in the first leg, because there is so much at stake," he was quoted by FIFA.com
Simeone's side currently sit second in La Liga and are looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a convincing 1-0 win at the San Siro just over three weeks ago.
A single Diego Costa strike was enough to earn the Spanish side victory and also secured a valuable away goal - should that rule come into play.
“It is a definitive match, but it is very dangerous despite the result in the first leg," Simeone continued.
“Milan is a strong institution. They are accustomed to playing in this competition and they have players with a lot of talent."
Atletico Madrid haven't reached the last eight since 1997 when Simeone used to play for the club and are heavy favourites to progress. If they are given a kind draw, the next round could be dark horses to win the competition.
Milan currently lie in 11th in the Serie A table and will not be in Europe's elite competition next year unless they go on to win the trophy this year.
Currently managed by three-time Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf, they have Mario Balotelli and Kaka - someone who Simeone is very aware of when it comes to big games.
“Their form doesn't complicate anything because I expect the best Milan. It will be a very difficult match, as we saw in the first leg, because there is so much at stake.
“In these games the big players show up no matter what they are going through at the present moment," said the Argentine.
After beating Celta Vigo at the weekend, Atletico are full of confidence and Uruguayan defender Diego Godin has told his side to continue that form.
“We have the smallest of advantages, but this is football and against a great team like Milan you can't rely on that. We need to play the game as if it was a final," said Godin.
Godin is expected to come back into the Atletico side along with Costa and Arda Turan as all three were suspended for Saturday's 2-0 win.
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