The two clubs, which never face in European competition before, are going to play in biggest tournament in football. AC Milan vs Atletico Madrid is the brand new game for both side.
Milan side happy about not playing against Real Madrid this time, but they are more cautious about new opponents. Atletico stands next to league leaders Barcelona in La Liga table with goal difference.
So they will be a toughest team to face in present situation, but Milan has the potential to stop them according to Rossoneri director of sport Umberto Gandini.
Gandini said: “There was a lot worse in the draw so maybe we will be welcomed back to Milanello,” he told Italy’s Sky Sport. “We’re delighted to be going back to Madrid, this time to face a different side.”
He admitted that Atletico is the tough team with fine players and good manager. “They’re very tough opponents with a very good coach and they seem to find it so easy to score,”
“It’s going to be something new, which is what we’re looking forward to. We’ve not played them for a long time.”
From 1996-97 Atletico are struggling to reach quarterfinal, but this time they finished the six group stage matches with five wins and a draw. In addition, they are having very good record in current season in Spanish league.
Milan entered in last 16 with nervous draw against Ajax, but they are showing remarkable sprit in Serie A.
Villaverde has delighted about recent improvement in team and happy to draw against Milan. He believes they will reach better level in Champions League.
“First we are very happy to be in the draw, and to be making another step for a club which keeps growing,” he said.
He added: “We are satisfied to get Milan, as we would have been with any other team. We are not talking about any team, Milan is a great club, with such an important history, who will be dangerous in any competition.”