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Champions League preview: AC Milan v Barcelona

28 March 2012 05:25

AC Milan will be desperate for a home win over Barcelona in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the San Siro.

Massimiliano Allegri's men were handed the tough draw of the defending champions, and a win on Wednesday is key in their bid to go through to the last four.

The Serie A leaders, who played out a draw and lost to Barcelona in the group stages of the competition, enter the encounter in fine form, unbeaten in four matches.

Allegri's side have been guided by the excellent form of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who took his tally to 29 goals in all competitions with a brace in the 2-1 win against Roma on Saturday.

They continue to dominate in the league despite several injury problems, with Thiago Silva the latest concern.

Silva will miss a month with a thigh injury, joining Alexandre Pato, Ignazio Abate, Robinho and Alexander Merkel on the sidelines.

Mark van Bommel, who is missing with a back problem, is serving a one-match ban for the first leg.

AC Milan welcome a red-hot Barcelona side, with Lionel Messi in particular starring in recent outings.

Pep Guardiola's men have won nine straight games in all competitions, seeing them close the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to six points.

Argentine superstar Messi has been a standout, netting 12 times in their last five victories to take his tally to 55 this term.

The reigning champions are still without David Villa, although Alexis Sanchez and young gun Cristian Tello have filled the void.

Guardiola had the luxury of keeping gun midfielder Xavi on the bench in his side's 2-0 win at Mallorca on Saturday, but the Spain international is a certainty to return against AC Milan.

Allegri's side troubled Barcelona but were 3-2 losers when the teams met on November 23 last year, and he would love for his team to keep a clean sheet in their home leg.

A home win is almost a must if the Serie A champions are to progress to a semi-final clash with either Benfica or Chelsea.

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Milan

D D W L D

0 - 0

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
28 March 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
On aggregate
1 - 3
Venue
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Attendance
76169

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
92
28
15
1
18
76
21
# Player Bookings
37
17
4
11
13
26
35

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