Assunção: Atlético ‘slightly the favourite’ against Porto
Brazilian midfielder Paulo Assunção believes Atlético de Madrid will just have the edge when they face Porto at the Estádio do Dragão on Tuesday.
Assunção, who played for both sides - Porto 2004-2008, Atlético 2008-2012 - insists the Spaniards will not be intimidated by the atmosphere the home fans will create and praised their current form.
“You can see that Atlético are doing very well, perhaps they are slightly more the favourite than Porto, even as it is at O Dragão,” said the 33 year-old to AS, as reported by Football Espana.
“It is a stadium that in the Champions League generates a very warm atmosphere, they squeeze and press the opponent.
“But this Atletico has demonstrated character. They have done so already at the Camp Nou and the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabéu.”
Assunção is currently without a club, after leaving Deportivo de La Coruña in the summer, following their relegation from La Liga.