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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Champion League Preview - Barca’s Face Gut Test against Milan at Camp Nou

Spanish La Liga Champions elect, Barcelona, will be aiming to become the first team in the UEFA Champions League history to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they welcome AC Milan at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

The Catalan side lost the first leg in Milan three weeks ago with goals from Ghanaian duo Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari putting the San Siro giants on the driving seat. Since that meeting, Barca have lost two and won two matches with the losses coming from their archenemies Real Madrid who beat them 3-1 and 2-1 in the Copa Del Rey and La Liga respectively.

Their Italian counterparts on the other hand are unbeaten in the Serie A in 2013. Playmaker Xavi Hernandez and goalkeeper Victor Valdes both make a return to the Barca line up after the former recovered from a thigh injury while the latter returns from a domestic ban. Milan’s worries will be on attack with Mario Balotelli cup tied and Giampaolo Pazzini nursing a leg injury.

The Blaugrana have not lost a Champions League fixture at the Nou Camp since their 2-1 defeat to Rubin Kazan in October 2009.

Meanwhile Schalke 04 welcome Galatasaray at the Viltens Arena in the other encounter. The two teams shared a 1-1 draw in Turkey. The Germans will be without the services of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who suffered a leg injury in The Miner’s 2-1 Revierderby win over Borussia Dortmund at the weekend while Galatasaray will be boosted by the return of Didier Drogba to their ranks. 

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