Butragueno: Atletico tie will be difficult for Madrid

The Madrid director failed to conceal his displeasure with a draw which pits Carlo Ancelotti’s men against their bogey side

Former Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueno conceded Friday’s Champions League draw could have been kinder for the title holders, after they were drawn against city-rivals Atletico.

Madrid have faced Diego Simeone’s men six times already this season, and have failed to win once with a draw in each of the Supercopa and Copa del Rey the best they could muster.

At least they can point to derby success in this competition after beating Atletico 4-1 in last season’s final.

Butragueno, now Madrid’s director of international relations, told Sky: “We know they are very competitive and it will be difficult. It’s an even tie and small aspects will be important.

“They are a very strong, cohesive team, strong from set-pieces and have a great spirit.

“We have to recuperate all the injured players we have. We are the title holders and we’ll do our best to get into the semi-finals.

“The draw is what it is. We know each other really well. It will be an intense and open tie.

“We must prepare ourselves very well, we know the difficulties we will face. They take advantage of everything.”

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