Lionel Messi insists Barcelona are not in crisis ahead of their Champions League showdown with AC Milan tonight.

Barcelona have suffered a stumble in form of late which had led to some questioning their ability to function without boss Tito Vilanova, who is away recieveing treatment for cancer.

The Catalan club have lost two games against rivals Real Madrid in quick succession recently, the first of which saw them exit the Copa del Rey, while they face an uphill task to remain in the Champions League as they go up against AC Milan needing to turn around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

Barcelona face the Rossoneri at the Camp Nou in the last-16 clash this evening and Messi believes critics of the club need to get some perspective.  

He said: “We are not in crisis. We have fallen to Milan and Real, two great clubs.

“Admittedly we have not played well, but against the Italians we still have 90 minutes to turn the situation around “We can do it. 

"This club has shown on numerous occasions that it is able to overcome any obstacle.

“And now our main challenge is to beat Milan and move on to the next round of the Champions League.

“We want to achieve a lot this season and we cannot afford to fail.”

Despite his club's recent tail-off in form they sit 13 points clear of Real Madrd in La Liga and Messi's own form has remained consistently spectacular.

The Argentinian has scored in each of his last 17 league outings, breaking a record which has stood since the 1930's, the last of which came in the 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday.

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