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The Rossoneri will be looking to rebound from their painful midweek Champions League elimination when they entertain a struggling Palermo on Sunday.
AC Milan will have no choice but to put their devastating UEFA Champions League exit to Barcelona behind themselves when they meet lowly Palermo in Round 29 of the Italian Serie A at the San Siro stadium.
The Italian giants rated their chances of eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League after their impressive 2-0 win at the San Siro, but went crashing…
Following their 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane last week, Inter Milan will need a miracle to overturn the deficit when the sides meet for the return leg at the San Siro on Thursday.
Inter Milan will need a miracle against Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro on Thursday in order to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2012-13 Europa League.
The Italian giants were completely overwhelmed 3-0 by Tottenham in London in the first leg, and will need to claim a big win on home soil in order to overcome the Premier League club.
Inter, who were…
Barcelona fired up to shut the mouth of critics by overturning a 2-0 deficit against Milan; several channels lined up to broadcast Barcelona vs Milan live on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Miami Beach, Florida (March 11, 2013) – Barcelona vs Milan is one of those games that promises to get football fans out of their seats throughout the encounter. Millions of supporters are craving to watch this highly anticipated UEFA Champions League Last 16 second leg encounter live from the Camp Nou. However, not everyone is a ticket-holder. Hence, Live Soccer TV (@LiveSoccerTV) offers its users live streaming and TV schedule information to know where to watch Barcelona vs Milan live in 150 different countries on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Barcelona were left paralyzed in Italy in the first leg of this UEFA Champions League Last 16 tie. Two Ghanaian stars – goal scorers Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari – stole the spotlight away from the world’s most applauded footballer, Lionel Messi.
The 33 year old has passed a fitness test and is in line to recapture his berth in the middle of the park, as Barcelona prepare to dismantle Milan’s hopes of qualifying to the next round.
The Spanish international has recovered in time from his hamstring injury, and is now in contention to be part of an exuberant Barcelona side which is to play AC Milan tonight.
Barcelona’s official website announced the good news to its fans all over the world, declaring the midfield maestro fit for the tie.
"Xavi Hernandez has been passed fit to play in tonight’s big game against Milan after this lunchtime’s training session on the Camp Nou pitch,"
Camp Nou will be home to a fascinating contest this week as the flair of Barcelona will look to over-come the two goal deficit it suffered at the San Siro earlier, with the resilience of AC Milan trying its best to prevent this.
While many were surprised at the result of the previous fixture when these two sides met in the first leg, more surprises might await us when the two European giants meet again soon. The most absorbing part of this match will be the clash between attack and defence, as progression to the next round means a lot to both the competitors.
Modern day strategic planning before a match often involves sketching up key one-to-one battles on the football fields. The side with the greatest success in these battles usually ends up on the winning side. Here, we take a look at some of these battles that both managers might have shed light upon in the pre-match preparation.
Mexes vs Messi
This is one battle that every football fan in the world will have his/her eyes upon. It can be safely assumed that anyone who requires an introduction to the maestro Lionel Messi probably doesn’t know a thing about modern football. Barcelona are currently under the weight of a two goal deficit, and Messi is its go-to man to lead the attack.
His accomplishments are unknown to none, his skills have baffled one and all.
“Failure is not a word I like at all. Disappointment, yes, but failure is not a good word.” This is what Xavi said after Barcelona lost 2-0 to Milan in their UEFA Champions League Last 16 first leg match.
On Tuesday, the Catalans will have 90 minutes, and maybe 30 more, to turn their fortunes around. The tie is still at half-time so the players are ‘disappointed’ to have lost the first period. The word ‘failure’ will only be applicable to Barcelona if they crash out. Barcelona fans around the world are praying for a miracle to happen as Tuesday’s clash in Europe appears as the club’s most important fixture of the year 2013 so far.
However, they have never been able to rise from an awkward position to reach the sky. The memories of crashing out from the UEFA Champions League against Inter in 2010 (after losing the first leg 3-1) and Chelsea in 2012 (after losing the first leg 1-0) are still fresh.
Last year, Ronaldo sparked controversy by stating he was ‘sad’ at Real Madrid. Now, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the one ‘lacking spark’ with ‘his head down a bit more than usual’ according to Dani Alves.
Lionel Messi is adored for his quiet behaviour. The diminutive Argentine often shies away from cameras and his private life is not something that is talked about in tabloids, unlike close rival Cristiano Ronaldo. That said, the world might never know if Messi is really sad at the moment as his Barcelona team mate, Dani Alves, suggests.
Of course, no one should expect Lionel Messi - with his calm character - to speak right into a microphone and claim that he is 'sad', especially not after signing a new lucrative Barcelona deal earlier in January.
Messi has not been decisive lately, and that is a fact. He was widely considered as the flop of the match during Barcelona’s shocking 2-0 loss away to Milan in the UEFA Champions League. The Argentine player’s highlights of the night included a sky-high free-kick from 30 yards as stats revealed that he directed no shot on target.
Two of Europe’s elites will clash on Tuesday night as Barcelona take on AC Milan in the second leg of the round of 16, prior to the anticipated match let’s take a look at some very interesting facts.
1. Barcelona hold an advantage over Milan in the fixture.Of the 16 matches played Barcelona have won six, with Milan having managed five wins and the rest of the five ended in draws.
2. In both the last two knock out meetings between the two sides, Barcelona have managed to beat their counterparts on aggregate and advance to the next round.
3. Milan recorded a 4-0 victory over Barcelona, when they defeated a strong team led by Johan Cruyff in the Champions League Final held in Athens in 1994.
The Catalan giants will be hoping to pull off a massive comeback against Milan in order to advance to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Match Day Update - Mar 13 15:00 EST
Champions League Starting XI confirmed for Barça vs Milan.
Valdés; Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Alves; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa & Pedro.
Abiatti; Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant; Ambrosini; Montolivo, Boateng, Flamini, Niang; & El Shaarawy.
FC Barcelona will be looking to overturn a two-goal deficit when they entertain AC Milan in what promises to be a hotly-contested UEFA Champions League Round of 16 stage second leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Two of Europe’s most decorated clubs will go head to head in a much anticipated tie at the Camp Nou, as Barcelona take on AC Milan in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.
The Rossoneri side recorded a shock victory over the Blaugrana side, defeating them 2-0 at the San Siro courtesy of goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari. Barcelona who were favourites to win the competition, are now on the verge of being knocked out in the second round of the tournament for only the first time in the six five years. Their last five campaigns in the Champions League have been very successful, and have resulted with either the Catalans making it to the semi-finals or with them winning Europe’s most prestigious trophy.
The two giants have met 16 times in the last 53 years, with the first match between the two being played back in the 1959/1960 season, in a Round of 16 tie. Barcelona have an advantage over their counterparts in this fixture, having won six times, Milan on the other hand recorded their fifth victory over the Catalans in the first leg of the round of 16 this season, whereas five of the matches between the two sides have resulted in a draw.
The Nerazzuri will be hoping to pick up a positive result when they travel to London to do battle with Tottenham in the Europa League.
Inter Milan have been rather inconsistent this season, but while they are out of the race for the Italian Scudetto, they have a good opportunity to win something in Europe.
The Italian giants take on Tottenham Hotspur in what promises to be a hotly-disputed Europa League clash at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Inter, who beat Catania 3-2 in a thriller on…
Thursday’s encounter between Tottenham and Inter Milan, brings back memories of the 2010 Champions League tie between the two sides, when Spurs won 3-1 courtesy of brilliance from Bale. Do the Italians await a similar fate on Thursday?
“Taxi for Maicon” may be a familiar phrase for many of the thousands of fans who will be gathered at White Hart Lane come Thursday. The origin of these words dates back to a night in 2010, when a certain Gareth Bale demolished a formidable Inter Milan side with a sublime hat-trick making a mockery of the highly reputable Brazilian right back Maicon.
It was the season in which Inter were defending their European title and Spurs were mainly a hard-working side trying to make a solid impact on the European stage.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona lights up beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español’s live television coverage this weekend; Juventus takes on closest Serie A rival Napoli; Milan to face Lazio without injured Balotelli
Miami Beach, Florida (March 1, 2013) – LiveSoccerTV.com reminds you where and when to watch the 11 matches available across beIN Sports between March 1 and March 4, 2013.
The coverage on beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español will be paralleled for the first three fixtures. It begins with Napoli’s home match against Juventus at 14:45 EST this Friday. This ‘first versus second’ battle could see the Scudetto swing from Juventus’ stadium to Napoli’s home. Only six points separate both sides and Antonio Conte knows that victory will give the Old Lady a bit of comfort with 11 more matches to go after this week’s clash in the Italian Serie A.
A red-hot Rossoneri will be looking for a victory that would allow them to climb above Lazio into third position of the Serie A standings.
Serie A highflyers AC Milan and Lazio battle in what promises to be an action-packed encounter at the San Siro on Saturday.
The two teams are just separated by one position and two points on the standings, so while Lazio will be looking to maintain third place, a rejuvenated Milan will be desperate to steal it away from them.
Milan have been in sensational…
Since their debut in the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have faced Italian teams on several occasions. In this article, we bring you rare facts you probably never knew.
1) Lionel Messi has played approximately 790 minutes of normal time against Italian teams in his career so far, whereas Ronaldo has played a bit more than 1020 minutes up to now.
2) Messi and Ronaldo both faced Italian teams for the first time in the Champions League in 2005. Although he did not score a goal or made an assist, the then-Barcelona starlet enjoyed a 4-1 win over Udinese; while the Manchester United performer underwent a 1-0 loss against Milan, with only 1 shot in the game. Both players were substituted in their respective games minutes after the hour mark.
3) Messi’s first goal against an Italian team came in his sixth meeting, when he entered the scoring sheet against AC Milan on 23 November 2011. More impressively though, Ronaldo’s first goal against an Italian team came in his fourth meeting—against AS Roma on 10 April 2007. The Portuguese star scored a double in that game, as Manchester United won 7-1.
The fierce rivals clash in what promises to be an enthralling Derby della Madonnina at a packed San Siro on Sunday.
Italy will come to a standstill, as two of the biggest clubs in the country battle for supremacy in a fixture that always lives up to expectation.
Milan come into the clash as the favourites, not only due to the fact that they are unbeaten in their last seven matches in the Serie A, but because they pulled off an impressive, and rather surprising 2-0 victory over…
On Sunday a spirited AC Milan will face Inter Milan at San Siro following their heroics against Barcelona on Wednesday. Both the clubs have enjoyed great success in the past but have experienced a sudden decline.
Inter Milan sit fifth on the table while their counterparts have climbed up to the third spot, however it is unlikely that either side will be able to challenge Juventus for the title. The Milan outfits which had been previously referred to as the Italian giants are slowly being overhauled by other teams including Lazio and Napoli.
Both the sides have lost a great deal of players in the recent few years, especially AC Milan who had to bid farewell to all their veteran players including Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta, Massimo Oddo and Filippo Inzaghi. Their biggest mistake was to let go off their midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, Milan were of the belief that the player was past his best and are now left to curse their luck. Apart from their veteran players Milan were also forced to sell two of their biggest players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to French side PSG in order to reduce their wage bill. All the departed players were replaced but not with players of equal quality and thus Milan suffered as predicted.
Barcelona’s current team has reached all heights – in Spain, Europe and the world. Many claim that the Catalans are the best team to ever grace world football. How true is that?
Barcelona are in an unusual and awkward position following Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg defeat to Milan at the San Siro. The last time they had to overcome a 2-0 deficit by an Italian team, they failed. That was back in 2010 against Internazionale.
Then coach Jose Mourinho, a master of negative football, led his team to a controversial 3-1 win on home soil before using ultra-defensive tactics at the Camp Nou. In that match, Gerard Pique scored a late goal but Barcelona never managed to rescue the tie against 10-man Inter.
Barcelona must react or suffer a repeat of the Internazionale nightmare – this time, against the Nerazzurri’s city rivals, Milan. Assistant coach Jordi Roura blamed Wednesday’s 2-0 loss on the San Siro’s ‘potato pitch’ while Blaugrana supporters remain furious about the referee’s decision to allow Kevin-Prince Boateng’s opener despite the handball in the build-up.
Ahead of Barcelona’s crunch match against AC Milan in the Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday, we look at Messi’s best moments in his career so far, at this stage of the competition.
Bad injuries in the 2005/06 and 2007/08 seasons did not allow Messi to get the best out of the Round of 16. Blows against Chelsea and Celtic respectively restricted the player’s contributions to his team’s operation in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Nonetheless, the Guardiola era gave the Argentine a new path to follow; one that would let him showcase his abilities and rip rewards without setbacks. In the next lines, we look at 10 moments in which La Pulga dazzled in the Champions League’s Round of 16.
1) Messi vs Celtic (18’) – 20/2/2008
After Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink daringly stole the lead on 16 minutes at Celtic Park through a powerful header, Lionel Messi ensured his side was back on level terms 2 minutes later – netting his very first goal in the UEFA Champions League’s last 16.
Nothing destabilizes Barcelona’s invincible soldiers more than negative football does. If Milan want to triumph in the Champions League Last 16, they must ignore the importance of playing a beautiful game.
Mario Balotelli’s inability to feature in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League as a cup-tied player means that Milan will be missing a key element in their puzzle against Barcelona. The Italians certainly cannot afford to push forward too much. When asked how the Rossoneri could overcome a Barcelona squad powered by the presence of Lionel Messi, Panchina d’Oro winner Antonio Conte of Juventus told reporters on Tuesday:
“How do you stop Messi? With a gun!”
This humorous answer might be similar to ‘parking the bus’ or ‘man-marking’ La Pulga. In fact, Milan are arguably no match for Barcelona on paper – player for player. Only tactics, and perhaps luck as Fabio Capello declared, could put the Rossoneri on top of the Blaugrana in this Last 16 tie.