As a number two seed Milan faced the possibility of being paired with Real Madrid, PSG or Bayern Munich, so compared to them, Atletico Madrid is not a bad draw.
“Atletico are a very strong side who play great football under Diego Simeone,” Gandini commented on Monday.
“They are very strong in attack, but it could be even worse for us considering the sides we could have picked.
“We will have to see how both sides will be in two months. We have had several injuries in the first part of the season, hopefully we will have a fully fit squad in February.”
Atletico Madrid director Clemente Villaverde noted:
“This isn’t just any other team – it’s Milan and they have an incredible history.
“We respect every team here, but we also have potential and will use our strengths.”
It will be interesting to see what sort of form these two sides have in late February. Milan have really struggled domestically this summer, while Atletico are second in La Liga after a great first half of the season. Will either sides form change dramatically between now and the first leg? It’s a real possibility.