AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien has conceded that the Atletico Madrid fans will play their part in AC Milan’s reverse Champions League tie on Tuesday.
The Rossoneri travel to the Spanish capital to face Diego Simeone’s men in their Champions League Last 16 match, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first encounter.
And the Ghana international has claimed that the supporters inside the Vicente Calderon will be a factor.
“We know the kind of atmosphere that the Atletico fans can produce here,” he told a Press conference.
“We know we’ll be able to feel that, but we’re here to play football.”
Essien then commented on this being a special occasion for himself, having played for Real Madrid, and his arrival at San Siro.
“Yes, this is something of a small derby for me!
“I had the offer of coming to Milan, and then Seedorf arrived. [Chelsea boss Jose] Mourinho told me it was a good option.”