Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(18) 15 Goals 5 (8)
(14) 9 Assists 6 (7)
(6.8) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
28.7 Average Age 28.1
176.2 Average Height (cm) 183.4
(1.1) 1.3 Shots pg 1 (1.1)
(42%) 41% Aerial Duel Success 57% (55%)
(1) 1.1 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.5) 1.4 Tackles pg 2 (2.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Champions League Final Stages.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status Rating
Daniele Bonera Out 7.02
Giampaolo Pazzini Out 6.39
Luca Antonini Out 7.62
Nigel de Jong Out 7.04
Bartosz Salamon Out N/A
Mario Balotelli Out N/A
Philippe Mexes Doubtful 7.33
Kevin-Prince Boateng Doubtful 6.66

Team News

  • Playmaker Xavi has been declared fit to play. The midfielder hasn't featured since the loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey at the end of February, but given the importance of this game he will return to the fray.
  • Otherwise, Barcelona should be fresh for this game, with the likes of Messi, Iniesta, Busquets, Alba, Pique and Pedro all on the bench at the weekend.
  • Victor Valdes will return between the sticks after missing Saturday's win over Deportivo through suspension.
  • Milan have issues up front, where Mario Balotelli is cup-tied and Gaimpaolo Pazzini is out injured after being forced off early on in the win over Genoa on Friday.
  • Robinho is back with the squad and he could push for a starting spot in attack, though Kevin-Prince Boateng should be alright to play after missing Friday's game, and he will likely make up a front 3 with El Shaarawy and Niang.
  • Philippe Mexes picked up a knock and went off at half-time at Genoa, but has travelled with the squad to Spain and should start alongside Cristian Zapata in a lineup similar to the one that played in the first leg.

Prediction

  • When this draw was made Barcelona were flying and Milan were struggling in mid-table in Serie A, and many would have assumed that the Spanish giants would waltz through to the last 8 of the competition. However, things haven't exactly gone to script; Barcelona have lost 3 of their last 5 games to go out of the Copa del Rey whilst their Champions League hopes hang by a thread.
  • Milan, meanwhile, have charged up the Serie A table and are now 3rd, and after beating Barca in the first leg confidence is high at San Siro. However, they will know the task they have on their hands here will be far from an easy one.
  • The last 5 Champions League meetings between the sides at Camp Nou have seen only 2 Barcelona wins, and Milan have only failed to score once. The home side won 3-1 when these teams met just under a year ago but had to rely on 2 penalties for that result. Winning by a 2 goal margin - at least - whilst also aiming to shut Milan out could be too big a task, even for the likes of Messi and co.
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Latest Comments

 
  • Titans Conme Back!!! Messi My idol <3

  • Villa in the center was great for attracting defenders and leaving space for his teammates. Messi on the right flank had more space to maneuver, and linked up well with Xavi and Iniesta Iniesta playing in the center is a lot more effective than on the wing, and with pedro terrorizing the Milan defense with his runs, Iniesta's space opened up in the middle. Alba played as smart as Abidal used to play, whenever Alvez pushed up, he stayed back and held a 3 man defense line, that did well to hold up the counter attacks until Barca regrouped Pressing high up the pitch is something I missed seeing from Tito, Guardiola used to do it all too often and to great success, yesterday was a beautiful come back to this type of pressing, and with a leaky defense this pressure on the opponent team helps lessen the pressure on Barca's defense! Perfectly played!!Well done and a euphoric win!

  • Whoscored: Your match statistics are great, but I have a tip for improvement: In two-legged matches like this, it would be great with a sort of aggregate statistics combining data for both legs, at least for the stats listed below the formations in the football field graphics. It would, for example, be illuminating to compare shots on target over the two matches of this round combined to see who created the most chances, and wether the advancement was deserved in this sense.

  • messi is just 1/11! visca barca!

  • tbh the way is saw the starting lineup and the formation seems like pep guardiola contacted tito or roura and told them to use that tactic :D

  • messi is a right winger, on the flank is unstoppable, i don't know why he has been moved centre forward in the past years (actually i know, he's too much better than all others to be considered one of eleven, and often wins matches alone), he scores more but the other team mates do not. barça's style of play is becoming less and less effective, imprisoned in its philosophy, and unready to adapt itself to unusual situation and too much dependent on messi's form. they have the best rooster and they're still the best team in the world, so this fact is well hidden, but some tactical mistakes are narrowing the unlimited possibilities of this squad. the best barça is still the 09/10, dynamic, hungry, fanciful, bold, humble, well disposed on the pitch, not messi centered, with more and various solution for creating goalscoring chanses... valdes, alves, pique, puyol, ABIDAL, TOURE', xavi, iniesta, messi, ETO'O, HENRY. P.S: i say this right now, after a brilliant 4-0 win. we'll see later...

  • Amazing ohhh my god what amazing come back from Barca. Hey Milan do you hear it yeeaaaah it's CAMP NOW

  • The key was Villa between centerbacks, so Messi had space to destroy Milan.

  • )))))))))))))))))))))) Oleeeeee Oleeeee Oleeeeee Barca Barca Barca

  • Please Ladies and Gentleman everybody say GOOD BYE Milan, how are you Milan.

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