Milan vs Barcelona – Match preview and team news

These two sides meet for the third time this season, after qualifying from the same group – Milan first held Barcelona to a draw in the Camp Nou, before the Catalans secured a 2-1 win at the San Siro. The game is sure to be more competitive now the teams meet in the knockout stages, and the San Siro will be a 78,000 sell-out for this stand-out fixture of the quarter-finals. The two European giants will be battling it out to secure a Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

Barcelona come into the game on the back of a nine game winning streak, but still sit six points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid. Milan are also in top form, losing only one of their last 10 games, a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the last round of the competition.

Much of the team news revolves around the Rossoneri, who will have to shake-up the team due to injuries and suspensions. Mark van Bommel is suspended, while injuries force Thiago Silva, Alexandre Pato and Ignazio Abate out of the line-up, along with long-term absentee Antonio Cassano.

As a result, Alessandro Nesta comes into defence alongside Philippe Mexes, Daniel Bonera and Luca Antonini come in as full-backs. In midfield Clarence Seedorf is favourite ahead of Urby Emanuelson to play alongside Massimo Ambrosini and Antonio Nocerino. Robinho partners Zlatan Ibramimovic, with Kevin-Price Boateng playing as trequartista.

For Barcelona there is no Adriano, David Villa or Eric Abidal, but Dani Alves is back from suspension – The attack will likely consist of Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, with a midfield three of Xavi, Busquets and Cesc Fabregas. The back four should see Javier Mascherano partner Carles Puyol, with Pique playing at left-back.

TV: ITV 1 (UK)

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