Despite recently replacing coach Massimiliano Allegri with Clarence Seedorf, AC Milan are struggling. They only just squeaked past relegation-threatened Bologna in their last Serie A match, and the rossoneri are below the likes of Parma, Hellas Verona and Torino in the Serie A table. Unfortunately, the Champions League isn't going to offer any respite from their domestic troubles.
It's likely that their European journey will end at the round of 16, as they have been drawn against Diego Simeone's red hot Atlético Madrid. They're still flying high in La Liga, with their 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid on the weekend ensuring they stayed tied with cross-town rivals Real and Barcelona at the summit of the La Liga table. A team packed with pace and devastating on the counter-attack, they ought to crush their Italian hosts in the first leg on Wednesday.
AC Milan will be without a string of important first teamers, including Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy, Riccardo Montolivo and Keisuke Honda. Atléti only have three early injuries to worry about, with Filipe Luis, Tiago and Javier Manquillo unavailable for Diego Simeone.
AC Milan injuries and suspensions
Out: Robinho (thigh), Bryan Cristante (knee), Stephan El Shaarawy (foot), Sulley Muntari (suspended), Riccardo Montolivo (suspended), Keisuke Honda (cup-tied) In doubt: None.
Atlético Madrid injuries and suspensions
Out: Filipe Luis (thigh), Tiago (broken wrist), Javier Manquillo (neck). In doubt: None.
Atlético Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Emiliano Insúa, Diego Godín, Miranda, Juanfran; Arda Turan, Mario Suárez, Gabi, Koke; David Villa, Diego Costa.
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
TV: Fox Soccer Plus (U.S.), Sportsnet World (Canada - English), TLN en Español (Canada - Spanish), Mediaset Italia (Canada - Italian), Sky Sports 3/HD (U.K.), Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, Sky Calcio 1, Canale 5, Sport Mediaset LIVE (Italy), C+ Liga de Campeones / HD, Canal+ Yomvi (Spain)
Online: Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada), Sky Go (U.K.)