Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg Match Preview, Team News, Head-to-Head, Possible Lineups, and Dream XI Prediction

Inter will welcome Atletico at home for the Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid UCL 2023-24 Round of 16 1st Leg Match.

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Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg Match Preview, Team News, Head-to-Head, Possible Lineups, and Dream XI Prediction

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Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid will meet at the San Siro for the UCL 2023-24 Round Of 16 1st leg match. Internazionale are coming after thrashing Salernitana by 4-0 in their latest Serie A fixture. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are coming into the match after defeating Las Palmas by 5-0 at home.

Inter Milan are at the top of the Serie A table at the moment and have been in excellent form this season. Atletico Madrid are currently in fourth place in the La Liga standings and have been impressive on their domestic and cup matches this season.

Atletico Madrid are playing in a new high-flying style this season, topping their Champions League group behind 17 total goals in six games, including a 6-0 win over Celtic and a 3-1 victory over Feyenoord. Inter Milan on the other hand, have thrived in close games. They have yet to lose in the Champions League this season and are one of the favourites to win the competition.

Inter Milan are on a superb run throughout this season and lately they are scoring goals for fun. On the other side, Atletico have been inconsistent but they can hurt Internazionale if they manage to play at their best.

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Match Details

  • Date: 21st February, 2024

  • Venue: San Siro Stadium, Milan

  • Time: 1:30 am (IST)

  • Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network & Sony Liv

Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg Match Venue: San Siro Stadium  Image - Wikipedia
Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg Match Venue: San Siro Stadium Image - Wikipedia

Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-Head

The previous meeting between Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid took place in the UEFA Super Cup in 2010, with Atletico securing a 2-0 victory on the day. The Spanish Giant have won five of their last six matches against Italian opponents in the knockout stages of European competitions but lost their previous game against Juventus by 3-0 in the 2018-19 season.

Internazionale are playing their first knockout game against a Spanish opponent in the Champions League since their 3-2 aggregate victory under the Special One Jose Mourinho against Barcelona in the 2009-10 season.

  • Matches Played: 2

  • Inter Milan Won: 1

  • Atletico Madrid Won: 1

  • Tied: 0

Form:

  • Inter Milan (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W

  • Atletico Madrid (in all competitions): W-D-L-L-W

Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid: UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg - Team News

Inter Milan

Lautaro Martinez is having an outstanding season, scoring 23 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions. Marcus Thuram is in wonderful form as well, but he is struggling against low blocks. Inter midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has become a real force for Inter this season in several ways. He has scored nine Serie A goals this season and also bagged one in the UCL group stage. Calhanoglu has also scored against Atletico Madrid as well in the past with Bayer Leverkusen.

Inter are playing brilliantly at home this season. They have conceded just one goal in their three home Champions League group matches. Internazionale have kept two straight clean sheets at home, including against Juventus in a critical Serie A title clash. Inter Milan are looking way better team at the moment and holds a slight upper hand going into this game.

"Atletico have great players with a lot of experience: it'll be a great showdown between two teams that want to dominate matches and play good football. In the last two years, we've seen how certain incidents can be decisive, as was the case against Liverpool and Manchester City. A quarter-final spot is up for grabs."

Simone Inzaghi (Inter Milan Head Coach)

Simone Inzaghi praises his former teammate and the present Atletico Coach Diego Simeone

"It'll be a pleasure to come up against Diego; he was a fantastic teammate. We won trophies together at Lazio before he returned to Spain, but we stayed in touch. You could see that he'd become a fantastic coach. He's been in charge of Atletico for 13 years and leaves his mark on his teams. It's been a pleasure watching Atletico play this season."

Simone Inzaghi (Inter Milan Head Coach)

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have been impressive this season but will be up against one of the Serie A's best teams. Of the five times Atletico have been held without a goal this season, they lost four of those games, only able to manage a scoreless draw once. So, facing Inter will be the biggest challenge for them until now this season.

Under Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid have won five of six previous knockout matches against Italian clubs, and the Spanish side would now like to register their sixth at San Siro.

Gabriel Paulista, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Thomas Lemar are all sidelined with injuries while Alvaro Morata was withdrawn at half time against Sevilla due to a knee injury that also saw him not taking part in Atleti's recent win.

Even without Morata, Atletico are looking dangerous with Antoine Griezmann ruling their opponents for fun and Memphis Depay scoring six important goals in his last nine appearances. Meanwhile, Marcos Llorente and Angel Correa both bagged braces against Las Palmas are playing an important role in Atletico's good performances.

"To talk about Inter we have to think that they are among the best four or five teams in Europe at the moment. The league speaks for itself, the way they played in the Champions League last year and now competing with even more confidence. I I really like how they play, they play simply and sometimes that's what works best. It will be a game of duels."

Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid Head Coach)

"It's going to be a very hard-fought game against a great team that is very well-worked and that comes with a lot of people to the area, with people with quality to move the ball and that when they have to retreat they have no problems doing so. It's going to be a nice game to watch, with a lot of intensity."

Koke (Atletico Madrid Captain)

Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid: Probable Lineups

Inter Milan: Yann Sommer (GK), Benjamin Pavard, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni, Matteo Darmian, Nicolo Barella, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco, Lautaro Martinez, Marcus Thuram

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak (GK), Rodrigo Riquelme, Mario Hermoso, Axel Witsel, Stefan Savic, Marcos Llorente, Pablo Barrios, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay

Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid: UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg - Dream XI Team Prediction

Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid: UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg - Dream XI Team Prediction
Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid: UCL 2023-24 RO16 1st Leg - Dream XI Team Prediction

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