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AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid: Key Battles and Predictions

Milan will need to put on a strong display to hold out against Atletico but our attack will need an exceptional show.

Spezia Calcio v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League tonight at the San Siro. The game will be a battle of wits between Stefano Pioli and Diego Simeone as both sides have a number of injuries and various tactical issues. Milan will need to pick up some crucial points against the current La Liga champions. Here are some key battles to look out for:

Key Battles

Right winger vs Left back

Rodrigo de Paul vs Theo Hernandez

The former Udinese man will be familiar with the Rossoneri and has faced Hernandez before. He will be the worrying player as he uses his pace to bombard us against Hernandez who has been struggling defensively. Hernandez can change the game in attack but will need to stay focused on the defensive side to keep us in the game.

Central defensive midfielder vs Central midfielder

Franck Kessie vs Koke

Another physical midfielder battle for Kessie where he will need to keep Koke occupied to allow Tonali free roam of the midfield to open up spaces with his passing. Kessie will also be crucial to provide cover between the centre backs when Atletico break on the counter and on set pieces.

Striker vs Goalkeeper

Luis Suarez vs Mike Maignan

A key battle that will determine the game. Suarez has not been on form but he is clinical when he gets going so Maignan will need to make those vital saves to keep us in the game. If he can keep Suarez at bay, we just might pull away with a close victory.

Predictions

De Paul Winner

Kessie Winner

Maignan Winner