AC Milan and Barcelona meet in the most exciting match of the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League.

Theoretically Barcelona is the big favorite, but Milan has recovered after a difficult start to the season and is ready to produce the surprise, especially that will benefit of the intake of the fans.

Massimiliano Allegri is mainly based on the excellent of El Shaarawy in this season. The 20-year-old striker scored 22 goals in 37 matches in all competitions.

However, statistics is not with the Italians. Barcelona has not lost in the last seven matches in front of the Rossoneri. Last defeat came on 20 October 2004, in the UEFA Champions League groups, when Milan won 1-0 due to Shevchenko’s success. Ambrosini, respectively Valdes, Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta played in that game, and they are announced in the first 11 for this evening clash.

maldini puyolThe two teams met and last season in this competition. Barcelona qualified for the UEFA Champions League semifinals after a goalless draw in Milan, 0-0, and a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou.

Milan and Barcelona go into this clash after both won in the domestic competition, 2-1, Rossoneri againt Parma, respectively the Blaugrana team against Granada.

Several big names in world football have played for both Barcelona and for Milan, including Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Davids, Albertini, Ronaldinho, or Ibrahimovic. Puyol, a symbol of the Catalan team, has said that AC Milan would have been the only club for which would have left Barcelona. Catalan captain has confessed that his idol was Maldini, Milan legend, and would have liked very much to play with him to defeat the colors of the same club.

Probable Line-ups:

AC Milan: Abbiati – Abate, Mexes, Zapata, Constant – Montolivo, Ambrosini, Muntari – Boateng, Pazzini, El Shaarawy; Coach: Massimiliano Allegri

FC Barcelona: Valdes – Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas – Pedro, Messi, Iniesta; Coach: Jordi Roura