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Robinho: We have the quality to beat Barcelona

Robinho is expecting a tough match (©Getty Images)
Robinho is expecting a tough match (©Getty Images).

AC Milan forward Robinho is confident his side can progress to the Champions League quarter-finals with victory over Barcelona this evening, according to Goal.com.

The former-Manchester City striker believes his Italian side have the quality to overcome their illustrious opponents. 

Milan take a 2-0 lead to the Nou Camp, but Robinho admitted his team cannot afford to sit back against the La Liga leaders.

Speaking to Cope, and quoted on Goal.com, Robinho said: "Barcelona have a great team, but anything can happen in football and beating Milan will not be easy for them.

"They will make life difficult for us, and I expect a difficult match. We are ready for the task at hand, though.

"I don't think that we should only try to defend our lead. We have plenty of quality and must attack and defend well. We should play our own game in possession and try to score."

The Brazil international didn't feature as Milan beat Barca at the San Siro last month. Goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari gave the Italians a surprise win, and every chance of progression to competition's latter rounds.

But Barcelona beat Milan in the quarter-finals last season, and it seems Robinho is desperate to make up for that defeat this term.

Robinho could miss out again on Tuesday evening though, as Milan may look to go with M'Baye Niang, Stephan El Shaarawy and Boateng going forward.

But the Serie 'A' side's main task will be keeping Lionel Messi quiet. They successfully managed to shackle the Argentinian at the San Siro, but he was back among the goals at the weekend, scoring in his 17th consecutive La Liga match against Deportivo.

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