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AC Milan coach pessimistic about Champions League chances

5 January 2007 14:33

VALLETTA (AFP) - AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti admits he is pessimistic about his team´s chances of winning the Champions League.

Milan are six-time European champions and reached the final in 2005, but their confidence has been knocked by their eight-point penalty for match-fixing which has left them languishing in midtable in Serie A.

Ancelotti insisted a top-four finish in the league - which would clinch a place in the third qualifying round of next season´s Champions League - was his team´s main priority.

"We are looking at a fourth-place finish rather than the Champions League,", the Milan coach said as he team prepared to leave their Maltese winter break training ahead of Saturday´s Berlusconi trophy match against Juventus.

"To get to the final of the Champions League is an almost impossible dream, while finishing fourth is more likely, although less exciting."

Milan face Celtic in the last 16 of the competition. The first leg takes place at Parkhead, Glasgow on February 20 before the Italians entertain the Scottish champions at the San Siro on March 7.

Were it not for their points handicap for their role in the Italian match-fixing scandal, Milan would now be fourth in Serie A.

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