AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that his teammates should not be fearful of Barcelona because they have already shown earlier in the season that they are capable of achieving a result against the Spanish club. AC Milan were drawn against Barcelona in the same group. As a result, they have already played them home and away this season. It has been an up-and-down learning curve for AC Milan, as they managed a credible draw against the Catalans at the Camp Nou, while they suffered a narrow defeat at the San Siro. A home defeat would be the last thing on the minds of the AC Milan players, as it would hand Barcelona a major advantage in the tie.
Barcelona also have the advantage of having the second leg at the Camp Nou, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged the AC Milan players not to be fearful of the Catalan club. Barcelona have by far been the best club in the world over the last few years. They have already won the Champions League two times in the last three seasons, and are favourites to win this time around as well. Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently scored his 29th goal of the season and is expected to be the main threat for AC Milan.
“It’s difficult for us to play a match in the style of Mourinho’s Inter, they were a more physical side. We will face Barcelona with courage, motivation and serenity. We have to try and make as few mistakes as possible and play with an attacking mentality,” said AC Milan manager Allegri responding to queries that is AC Milan would adopt a similar strategy to that of Inter Milan a few seasons ago. Inter Milan adopted a very negative strategy and successfully went into the final beating Barcelona.