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Pique tips Barca three-goal win

10 March 2013 19:34

Gerard Pique believes Barcelona can secure a 3-0 over AC Milan on Tuesday to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Blaugrana were defeated 2-0 at San Siro in February and will need to pull off an historic comeback in the second leg to have any chance of progressing beyond the last 16.

"AC Milan are a competitive team with a great history, and we knew it would be a difficult clash," Pique told Sport.

"We will attack all game long and be faithful to our style, so we hope to win 3-0 at home."

Barca remain without head coach Tito Vilanova, who is in New York receiving treatment as he recovers from a cancer relapse, and Pique insisted the team must progress without him in the short-term.

"Tito is greatly missed," the Spain centre-back added. "We trust him and want him back.

"We are in a difficult situation without a coach; we are like an orchestra without a conductor. But we'll get over it; Tito is helping us from New York.

"The most important thing is his health and we do not want to put any pressure [on his return], so we will wait until he recovers."

Jordi Roura has been in temporary charge in the absence of Vilanova, and he guided the Catalans to a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.

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4 - 0

Milan

W L W L W
Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
12 March 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
On aggregate
4 - 2
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
94944

Goals

L. Messi 5'
(assist by Xavi) 
1 - 0
L. Messi 40'
(assist by Iniesta) 
2 - 0
David Villa 55'
(assist by Xavi) 
3 - 0
Jordi Alba 90'+2
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2
3
18 90+2'
14
8
6
16
10 5' 40'
7 55'
17 41'
Coach: Tito Vilanova
# Player Bookings
32
5 54'
17
20
21
10 22'
16 45+1'
23
18
92
19
Coach: M. Allegri

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
5
21
4
13
25
37
# Player Bookings
4
7
22
1
2
8
25

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