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Written By Onyeka Daniel

Recently, the draws for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was made and in draw filled with many interwoven connections, Inter Milan were drawn against Spanish Laliga side, Atletico Madrid in a match that seems evenly matched for the two teams.

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Atletico manager, Diego Simeone was in the books of the Nerazzurri during his playing career at and his son, Giovanni Simeone also plays for another Italian side, Napoli. In terms of tactics, Simeone plays almost a similar style to Simone Inzaghi, the 3-5-2 formation.

Hence it will be a clash of similar style, and for French forward, Antoine Griezmann has a mixed prediction for the Champions League clash between Inter and Atletico Madrid. ‘The players will love it, but fans might be a little bored.’ The two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League Round of 16.


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The first leg at San Siro on February 20 and the return leg at the Wanda Metropolitano on March 13. “I think the game might be a bit boring for the fans, because these are two evenly-matched teams who do a lot of work off the ball,” Griezmann told Diario AS. “I expect the players to love it on the pitch, but the fans might be a little bored.” He further added.

Apart from their manager, Griezmann will also be up against two of his teammates from the national team, Marcus Thuram and Benjamin Pavard, who both made the move from German clubs to join the Nerazzurri in the summer and the two players have gone on to become important players with the club, helping them to maintain a four point lead at the top of the table after 16 matches, with the most solid defensive record.

Atletico Madrid had until this week a perfect home record in all competition this season, when they threw away a 2 goal lead at home against Getafe and they will be hoping to bounce back from that result when they face Sevilla on the 23rd at home, in a rescheduled game. After that, the League will go on break and will resume on the second of next year, with the Los Rojiblancos traveling away to surprise table toppers, Girona at the Estadio Municipal de Montilivi.

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Brazilian defender, Carlos Augusto admitted that he would’ve liked for his goal against Bologna in the Coppa Italia to be the winner. The 24-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia after the disappointing 1-2 extra time loss against the Rossoblu in the round of sixteen clash.

Augusto seemed to have put Inter on course to reach the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia with his goal early on in extra time of their round of sixteen match against Bologna this evening. The former Monza player had found the back of the net with a header from a corner, and this was the first goal of a match in which Inter had failed to unlock the score despite having had the majority of possession and a number of good chances during normal time.

And his header did look to be a big relief after all of that. But Bologna had other plans. The Rossoblu responded with an equalizer via the same route, from a corner. And then, Thiago Motta’s team caught Inter cold on the counter to score the winner and dump the Coppa Italia holders out of the competition.

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After the match, Augusto said that “We played a great match for ninety minutes. We created a lot of opportunities that we could have taken advantage of better.” “And then they did well with the chances that they created towards the end of the match.” “There are matches like that,” the Brazilian lamented.

“But now we’re just putting our heads down and working.” “It’s still a long season,” Augusto emphasized. “We still have Serie A and the Champions League.” “Clearly I would have liked for my goal to have been the winner,” the 24-year-old said. “But I’m still happy to have scored in front of the fans.” “Now I have to keep working so that I can score and assist more goals, and have more moments like that here in front of the fans,” Augusto said.

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