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Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan PREVIEW

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The UEFA Champions League, November 24, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan PREVIEW STATS

The last Italian side to win away from home against Atlético Madrid in any European competition was Parma in the UEFA Cup in April 1999 (3-1). Since then, Atlético are unbeaten in seven games when hosting Italian opponents (W6 D1), scoring 16 goals and only conceding three in return.

Atlético Madrid have a 100% record against AC Milan in European competition, winning all three of their meetings, which have all been in the UEFA Champions League – 1-0 away and 4-1 at home in 2013-14, and 2-1 away from home earlier this season.

Atlético Madrid have only conceded 19 goals in 40 home games in the UEFA Champions League under Diego Simeone. Among managers with 20+ home games in charge of a specific team, their goals conceded per game average of 0.48 under Simeone is the lowest in the history of the competition.

AC Milan have lost each of their last five away games in the UEFA Champions League against Spanish opposition, with the most recent of those being a 4-1 defeat to Atlético Madrid in March 2014.

AC Milan have only won one of their last 16 games against Spanish opponents in the UEFA Champions League (D6 L9), beating Barcelona 2-0 at home in the Round of 16 in 2012-13. Indeed, they are winless in their last six such games (D1 L5), suffering defeats in each of the last four.

AC Milan remain winless in the UEFA Champions League this season, drawing one and losing three of their four games in the group stage. Only once previously have they had a run of five games without a victory within the same European Cup/UEFA Champions League campaign (D3 L2 in 2009-10).

João Félix has been directly involved in four of Atlético Madrid’s last five goals at the Wanda Metropolitano in the UEFA Champions League, scoring three times himself and providing an assist for Antoine Griezmann against Liverpool in October.

Luis Suárez has only scored one goal in 10 UEFA Champions League appearances for Atlético Madrid so far, however that lone strike was a 97th minute winner in a 2-1 victory against opponents AC Milan earlier in this season’s competition.

Among players who have made 3+ appearances in the UEFA Champions League this season, AC Milan’s Theo Hernández has the highest average carry distance of any player in the competition (16.4 metres on average, from 44 total carries); a carry being when a player moves 5+ metres with the ball.

Excluding OG’s, all three of AC Milan’s goals in the UEFA Champions League this season have either been scored or assisted by Rafael Leão (one goal, one assist) or Brahim Díaz (one goal, one assist). Since scoring against Atlético Madrid in the reverse fixture, however, Rafael Leão hasn’t attempted a shot in either of his last two appearances in the competition (175 minutes played).

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