AC Milan travel to Spain to face European giants Barcelona in the quarter-finals (second leg) of the Champions League. The first lefg ended in a goalless draw.
Barcelona, who are still considered as clear favourites to progress, may not be delighted with the result from the first leg, despite dominating the match. However, this time the Catalans will have the home advantage and be boosted by the fact that they have not lost to Milan this season. In fact, they have never been beaten, at home, in the Champions League.
However, Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes AC Milan will score against them.
"I'm pretty sure that they are going to get a goal and so it is down to us to try and find the way to create chances because if they have to defend with eight players in the penalty area then they will do. We are now in the latter stages of the competition and this is a key match which we have to win. We need to find a way to score goals and so we will have to with strong rhythm, press forward and move the ball quickly," the BBC quoted him as saying.
"There is no question of underestimating Milan. We know that they are a team that can knock us out as they create chances, defend well and are strong on the counter-attack. We are not a side which can hold out for very long defensively and so if Milan dominate the possession then there is something that we are doing wrong," he added.
AC Milan, on the other hand, will be happy with the first leg result as they are considered the underdogs in this match. However Milan - who have won four, drawn five and lost five matches against Barcelona - have not managed to win a single away match in this year's Champions League. Still, the Italians giants, who did create a number of chances in the first leg, will be hoping to catch the Catalans off guard with a surprise move. The return of young Brazilian striker Alexander Pato will certainly be a boost for manager Massimiliano Allegri's men. Allegri added his team would have to take every single opportunity that comes their way.
"Barcelona are still the best but there will be crucial moments that we have to make the most of. It could finish 0-0 and go to penalties - although I doubt it," the BBC quoted Allegri as saying.
Milan probable team: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Antonini; Seedorf, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Robinho
Barcelona probable team: Valdes; Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Adriano; Thiago, Busquets, Iniesta; Sanchez, Messi, Cesc