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Barcelona v AC Milan: Match Preview

Barcelona host AC Milan tonight. (©GettyImages)
Barcelona host AC Milan tonight. (©GettyImages).

Barcelona v AC Milan: Match Preview; Champions League quarter-final second leg; Nou Camp; Tuesday, April 3. Kick-off: 1945

Team news

Barcelona welcome back Cesc Fabregas from the back problem that kept the former Arsenal midfielder out of the first leg.

Carles Puyol is set to start after being rested for Saturday's 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao, while Adriano and Ibrahim Afellay are both available after injury.

Milan could be boosted by the return of Alexandre Pato but are definitely without experienced midfielder Mark van Bommel and defender Thiago Silva.

Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati and midfielder Antonio Nocerino should be fit despite picking up knocks in the 1-1 draw with Catania at the weekend.

Guardiola: Milan will score



Pep Guardiola believes Milan will score in the Nou Camp but is confident Barcelona will progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Last week's first leg ended goalless meaning Milan will go through on away goals if they can repeat the 2-2 draw they achieved during the group stages.

Barcelona were not at their best in the San Siro and Guardiola knows his side face another difficult task against a stubborn Italian side.

Nevertheless, he is sure his team have the firepower to break Milan down.

"I'm pretty sure that they are going to get a goal," he said. "So it is down to us to try and find the way to create chances because if they have to defend with eight players in the penalty area then they will do.

"We are now in the latter stages of the competition and this is a key match which we have to win. We need to find a way to score goals and so we will have to with strong rhythm, press forward and move the ball quickly.

"There is no question of underestimating Milan. We know that they are a team that can knock us out as they create chances, defend well and are strong on the counter-attack.

"We are not a side which can hold out for very long defensively and so if Milan dominate the possession then there is something that we are doing wrong."

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