Toughest Game so Far
AC Milan will need to prepare for their toughest game of the current season when they go head-to-head with the four-time Champions League winners and the best side in the competition throughout the past six years, Barcelona. Far from being the team that came to life during the second part of last season, coach Massimiliano Allegri and his side need to pull off one of their best displays of recent times should they want to avoid defeat at the San Siro.
Recent history does not favour the Rossoneri ahead of the match, as the Italian side have won just one of the past six games that pitted them against Barcelona, and that was last season when they triumphed 2-0 at the San Siro in the tournament’s Round of 16.
Knowing that their luck has not been particularly good against the Spaniards, Matias Silvestre acknowledged that his team will need to put everything they have into the match in order to gain a good result. “It’ll be a tough game against Barcelona and we’ll need a great performance from all the team”, commented the Argentine centre-back.
In Good Form
Barcelona’s draw against Osasuna coupled with Atletico Madrid defeat against Espanyol allowed the Catalan side to go clear at the top of the Spanish league table, three points ahead of this weekend’s Clasico rivals Real Madrid. The reigning La Liga champions now face the toughest five days of their season so far, where negotiating past AC Milan and Real Madrid will be of great importance in their domestic and continental quests.
The Blaugrana suffered against Osasuna at the Sadar Stadium – as do most of Spain’s big sides – and coach Gerardo Martino was critical over the way his team played, commenting: “The draw is insufficient. We should have won, given the chances we created. We weren’t accurate in front of goal.”
However, Barcelona travel to Italy knowing that they have won three of their eight trips to the San Siro, and despite falling the last time they played at the venue, they won the reverse fixture by four goals to nil, allowing them an comfortable passage to the next round. A third straight win following victories over Celtic and Ajax would send Los Cules five points clear at the top of the group.
Barcelona are the better side going into this game and will need a strong result in order to tackle their upcoming match against Real Madrid with ease. AC Milan have had a hard time against the Blaugrana in recent games, and with a number of their big names missing, will not be able to avoid defeat against Martino’s side. Expect a 2-0 win for the visitors.