Preview: Here it is, the Clash of the giants, Champions of Spain take on Champions of Italy. Ac Milan visit Camp Nou this Tuesday night to meet Barcelona in their first group stage fixture of the UEFA Champions league. Let us take a peek back in 1994, when Barcelona were triumphed in the CL final against Ac Milan, can it be the same tonight?
Both teams have faced their league encounters this weekend and both of them drew against their respective opponents. What’s funny is that the score line of both the matches was 2-2, is this, a shadow of their clash tonight? The difference lies where Ac Milan came back in their match against Cagliari and Barcelona lost their lead in their face off against Real Socieded.
AC Milan has won, all of their first Champion league match for the last 10 years, can they continue the run? Barcelona, the current European Champions, have the edge of winning the UCL back to back. But, Ac Milan can not afford to make mistakes this time, as they will come with full force on Guardiola’s men.
Robinho has failed the late fitness test and won’t be available alongside Inzaghi, who was not included in the champions league squad. Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel and Kevin-Prince Boeting will be available. Massimiliano Allegri has no choice but give the start to Alexander Pato and Antonio Cassano upfront.
As for Barcelona, Gerard Pique is sidelined but Carlos Puyol will return and would be alongside Eric Abidal. The new star of Barca, Alexis Sanchez will miss out on the first CL match because of a thigh injury.
So, will it be the fantastic messi, the quick Pato, the strong Gattuso, the Villa of Spain or the masterminds of football, Xavi and Iniesta?. It all comes down tonight because it’s Barcelona, the title holder versus Ac Milan, the Italian dudes.
Barcelona vs AC Milan Match Details:
UEFA Champions League
13th September, 2011
Kick off at: 7:45 PM BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Result: Barcelona 2-2 AC Milan