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    Champions League Cup UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Ac Milan v Barcelona

    AC Milan


    FC Barcelona

    Pre Match
    October 22, 2013 7:45 PM BST
    Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Milano
    Referee:‬ F. Bryc

    AC Milan and Barcelona will meet for the third year in a row in the Champions League when they go head-to-head at San Siro on Tuesday.

    The sides faced each other in the round of 16 last season, with Barcelona overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to win 4-0 at Camp Nou.

    That win for Milan in the opening fixture was their first over the Liga giants since October 2004 - a run of seven fixtures.

    Both clubs enjoy a storied past in the Champions League, meeting in the 1994 final when Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' were comprehensively dismantled by Fabio Capello's outfit 4-0.

    Mario Balotelli is expected to miss the clash due to a thigh injury, while Marco Amelia will make his first appearance since April in goal, with Christian Abbiati (calf) injured and Gabriel, who played in Saturday's 1-0 win over Udinese, unregistered.

    Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio, Giampaolo Pazzini (all knee) and Stephan El Shaarawy (foot) are also set to miss the clash as Milan's injury woes persist.

    Barcelona failed to win for the first time under their new coach on Saturday as they drew 0-0 with Osasuna, the first time in 64 Liga fixtures they have drawn a blank.

    Gerardo Martino has an almost full squad to choose from, with only Jordi Alba and Ibrahim Afellay (both thigh) unavailable due to injury.

    Carles Puyol is likely to continue at centre-back, having made his first appearance since last season's 4-0 win over Milan at Osasuna on Saturday.

    One man particularly keen to have a good game will be German referee Felix Brych, who will enter the contest having made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the Bundesliga on Friday as he awarded Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling a goal, despite the ball clearly passing through a hole in the side-netting on its way in.

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    Milan squad for Barcelona: Amelia, Coppola, Andrenacci (N.60), Abate, Constant, Mexes, Silvestre, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, De Jong, Emanuelson, Kak, Montolivo, Muntari, Nocerino, Poli, Balotelli, Matri, Robinho.

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    why isnt Gabriel called up!? Balotelli will be there, but on the bench

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    Rumour has it we will play 433!

    Queue a good performance then!

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    Having said that;

    Milan: Amelia; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari; Birsa, Matri, Robinho



    Meh!

    Dodgy keeper, dodgy CB pairing, rubbish LB, negative midfield, donkey striker and underachiever up front!!

    Why don't we just try and play barca rather than be scred and try and out muscle them

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    its Kaka-Robinho-Birsa.Matri out, after Silvio's phone call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artan View Post
    its Kaka-Robinho-Birsa.Matri out, after Silvio's phone call.
    so its 4-6-0! How very Barca! The diffrence is that we have no goal threat to speak of!

    How about we play Niang up front?..................oh right......forgot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew View Post
    so its 4-6-0! How very Barca! The diffrence is that we have no goal threat to speak of!

    How about we play Niang up front?..................oh right......forgot!
    Niang will play in the stands

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