It’s a familiar opponent in the Champions League last 16 as Barça have once again been drawn against seven times champions of Europe AC Milan. There was a nice touch before the draw in Nyon today when Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino sent a message in Catalan to Tito Vilanova saying ” Tito, estem tots amb tú” (Tito, we are all with you) before proceeding to pull his balls out assisted by ex-Real Madrid player Steve McManaman.
We last faced Milan at the quarter-final stage last season when after a 0-0 draw in Milan Barça won 3-1 in the return leg at Camp Nou with two goals from Leo Messi and a third from Andrés Iniesta. Coach Massimiliano Allegri has been forced to make quite a few changes since then with Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Nesta, Maxi Lopez, Seedorf all either retired or transferred, though they still have the dangerous Alexandre Pato and Kevin-Prince Boateng while the 20-year-old Stephan El-Shaarawy looks a very promising prospect. There could also be a return to Camp Nou for Bojan Krkic who is on loan to Milan from Roma though he is not a regular and has only scored one goal so far for the rossoneri.
Milan qualified for the last 16 after finishing four points behind Malaga in Group C which suggests that Barça shouldn’t have too many problems. Last season Milan finished second in Serie A but this season they are struggling in seventh place on 27 points, fourteen behind leaders Juventus.
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