Ancelotti backs Atletico to advance

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti expects city rivals Atletico Madrid to eliminate AC Milan from the Champions League.

Last Updated: 04/03/14 at 13:12 Post Comment

Atletico Madrid gained a narrow advantage in the first leg

Atletico Madrid gained a narrow advantage in the first leg

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti expects city rivals Atletico Madrid to eliminate his former team AC Milan from the Champions League.

Ancelotti's team survived a physical and intense derby on Sunday at the Vicente Calderon stadium against Atletico, a match that finished 2-2.

Atletico lead 1-0 heading into next week's European last-16 return leg against Milan, who are coached by Ancelotti's former Rossonero midfielder Clarence Seedorf.

"I wish Clarence Seedorf the best of luck but Atletico are favourites to progress," Ancelotti said to www.marca.com.

"Atletico are favourites because of the football they play, the atmosphere that there will be at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in that match and because of the advantage they have from the first leg at the San Siro.

"I believe it will be an intense game but (Atletico Madrid coach Diego) Simeone's side will go through."


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