AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid
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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he would "play in objective" if it meant winning the Champions League as he prepares for his facet’s final-sixteen conflict with Atletico Madrid.
Balotelli has by no means scored in the Champions League knockout stage and is decided to rectify that when the Rossoneri tackle the Rojiblancos within the first leg at the San Siro on Wednesday.
The Italy striker claimed to have by no means tasted victory in opposition to a Spanish side – although he actually scored in Manchester City Champions League win in opposition to Villarreal in 2011 and performed in Inter Milan’s semifinal first leg victory over Barcelona in 2010 – as he mentioned his European hopes ahead of the game.
GettyImagesMario Balotelli is desperate to get his arms on the Champions League trophy with AC Milan.
"Spanish sides are always tough to beat and I've never beaten them, so it wold be nice to begin by beating Atletico," Balotelli said at a information conference. "Perhaps I've not scored in the knockout levels but, however I've not had much of a chance actually, have I?
"I'm a centre ahead, but when to win the Champions League I've received to play in aim, then I will play in aim."
Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is trying to find a components to beat the joint-Primera Division leaders in his first Champions League sport, with the Dutchman saying: "They've always been a effectively-organised facet who know what they want and have been at this stage for two years now, so we've great respect for them.
“We're up against a side who are forward of us in every side, however the Champions League is something else. I've seen a number of Champions League video games featuring sides who are having difficulties [domestically], yet they get good results so we do have a bit of faith, though we all know we have to play a terrific recreation.
"Obviously this sport has a distinct significance to different our different games. We've been constructing up to this one. It's extremely special as it's an important membership event in the world. It has one of the best gamers on the field with one of the best golf equipment collaborating. These are the evenings that youngsters dream of being concerned in, either as a participant or a fan.
"We're delighted to be competing for Milan and for Italy, and we want to remain heading in the right direction for the Champions League this season."
Seedorf, who is the one participant to have won the Champions League with three different clubs, admitted Kaka’s participation remained doubtful after the Brazilian was once more unable to train on Tuesday.
"We're evaluating him and hope he will be fit," added Seedorf, who could as a substitute flip to Giampaolo Pazzini to play alongside Balotelli in a partnership which appears to guarantee targets.
"Every time I play with him, both he or I score, and that is a fact," Balotelli said of Pazzini. "But it's as much as the coach [who performs]. Clarence is more or less nonetheless a player anyway. He is still a part of the squad. I wouldn’t call him a father as that may offend him, but he is extra of a brother."