AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien Â has conceded that theÂ AtleticoÂ Madrid fans will play their part in AC Milanâ€™s reverse Champions League tie on Tuesday.Â
The Rossoneri travel to the Spanish capital to face Diego Simeoneâ€™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.
â€œWe know the kind of atmosphere that the Atletico fans can produce here,â€ he told a Press conference.
â€œWe know weâ€™ll be able to feel that, but weâ€™re here to play football.â€
Essien then commented on this being a special occasion for himself, having played for Real Madrid, and his arrival at San Siro.
â€œYes, this is something of a small derby for me!
â€œI had the offer of coming to Milan, and then Seedorf arrived. [Chelsea boss Jose] Mourinho told me it was a good option.â€