Massimiliano Allegri takes his men to Spain as AC Milan face Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie at Camp Nou on Tuesday. The first leg at San Siro saw the Italian giants winning 2-0, thanks to second-half strikes from former Premier League stars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari.
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Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game is available on ITV 1 and ITV 1 HD.
Barcelona are still without their manager Tito Vilanova, meaning the unimpressive stand-in coach Jordi Roura is set to continue. The Spanish giants come into this game after their 2-0 home win over Deportivo La Coruna. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the first half before Lionel Messi netted his 40th goal in the domestic competition.
The Spanish side's recent run saw them win just two out of their last five games in all competitions, losing the remaining three. The first of those defeats was against their Tuesday night opponents in the first leg, before losing to Real Madrid twice inside five days; first in the Copa del Rey semi-finals and then in La Liga.
Barcelona are currently enjoying a good lead at the top of the La Liga table, with 71 points from 27 games, leading second-placed Real by 13 points. However, Roura and his men have an uphill task in progressing to the quarter finals of the Champions League, especially after failing to score a much-needed away goal in Italy. The Catalans need to score a minimum of two goals and also stop Milan from scoring on Tuesday night to take the game into extra time at least.
Milan, on the other hand, comes into this game after their 2-0 away win over Genoa, with Giampaolo Pazzini and ex-Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli finding the back of the net. Allegri's side are currently sitting third in the Serie A table, with 51 points from 28 games, trailing leaders and defending champions Juventus by 11 points.
The visitors have an upper hand to progress to the later stages of the Europe's most elite competition, thanks to their two-goal lead and clean sheet from the first leg. The Italian giants are currently in a great run of form and are undefeated in their last 10 games in all competitions.
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L L W L
- Last Result: Barcelona 2 - 0 Deportivo
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
- Last Result: Genoa 0 - 2 AC Milan
Barcelona: Roura has been handed a major injury boost ahead of the big game as Xavi has returned from the sidelines and is likely to start on Tuesday. Victor Valdes will be back in goal, after missing out against Deportivo due to suspension.
Probable Line-Up: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas; Sanchez, Messi, Iniesta
AC Milan: Allegri has a major concern for this game as striker Pazzini has not travelled with the squad after picking up an injury against Genoa. Balotelli is cup-tied as he has already featured in the competition with City in the earlier stages.
Probable Line-Up: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, Ambrosini, Muntari; Boateng, Niang, El Shaarawy
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