Milan vs Barcelona Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 20, 2013; Time: 7:45 PM UTC;
Venue: Stadio San Siro — Milano.
Allegri’s team will try to pass the Blaugrana test. Rossoneri face one of the most threatening challenges in European football. The Catalans visit San Siro on Wednesday in a good mood and hopes for Champions League progress.
This meeting is between two European most successful clubs. Milan faced Barcelona four times in the Champions League last season, drawing two and losing two of them.
Milan are 4th in Serie A with 44 points from 25 matches. They are 11 points behind the leaders Juventus. Rossoneri have been in great form recently with 4 wins and a draw from their last 5 matches. They come into this clash playing some of their best football of this season. Last five home games Milan have finished with five straight wins. To qualify for this stage they finished second in their Group C behind Malaga. They have drawn two home games against Malaga and Anderlecht, and lost to Zenit. Milan have a seven-game unbeaten run in Serie A. Also Rossoneri have won their last six fixtures at San Siro in all competitions. Bojan Krkic played in 163 matches for Barca in 2007- 2011 and scored 41 goals.
Barcelona are at the top of La Liga with 65 points from 24 matches, which gives them a 12 point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid. They have won 3 of their last 5 games. Last five games on the road the Blaugranas have finished with two wins, two draws and one defeat. Also they have lost just twice in all competitions this season. To get to this stage they comfortably topped their group and have finished ahead of Celtic. Three Champion’s League away games they have finished by winning Spartak and Benfica, and losing to Celtic. But, the Catalan giants have won 8 of their last 11 away games in the Champions League. They are aiming to make a sixth straight quarter-final appearance. They are on a seven-match unbeaten run against Milan. Barca’s top-scorer Lionel Messi has scored 56 goals in the Champions League. He is behind Raul with 71.
Milan will hope on fitness test of forward Stephan El Shaarawy. He has a knee problem ahead of the Champions League last-16 game against Barcelona. Mario Balotelli is unavailable case he was cup-tied for Man City. Nigel de Jong is still sidelined with an ankle injury. Good new are that Giampaolo Pazzini has recuperated. Daniele Bonera and Robinho are doubts, while Philippe Mexes could return after a one-game European ban.
Barcelona can count on their playmaker Xavi, who has recovered from a hamstring injury. But, Adriano, Eric Abidal and David Villa will all miss the trip to Italy.
Milan line-up: Abbiati, Abate, Zapata, Mexes, De Sciglio, Montolivo, Ambrosini, Nocerino, Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy.
Last three matches:
AC Milan 2 – Parma 1;
Cagliari 1 – AC Milan 1;
AC Milan 2 – Udinese 1.
Barcelona line-up: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas, Pedro, Messi, Iniesta.
Last three matches:
Granada 1 – FC Barcelona 2;
FC Barcelona 6 – Getafe 1;
Valencia CF 1 – FC Barcelona 1.