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October 22, 2021

Milan tries to conquer Barcelona fortress

AC Milan visit on Tuesday night an FC Barcelona team who have not suffered a home defeat in the UEFA Champions League for over three years but must overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to go through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, according to uefa.com.Barcelona have not lost a European tie at the Camp Nou for more than three years and beat Milan in last season’s quarter-finals and in the 2005/06 semi-finals. This time, however, the Italian side travel to Spain defending a 2-0 lead after first-leg goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari at San Siro.These two famous names have now met 16 times, Barcelona recording six wins to Milan’s five and scoring 22 goals to the Italian side’s 21. Barcelona’s record at home against the Rossoneri reads W3 D3 L1.Daniel Alves has warned his FC Barcelona colleagues that they must “play to our tempo” if they hope to oust AC Milan, insisting that “great challenges are there for great teams”.The alternative scenario for Alves and Co is that they exit the competition in March, Milan’s 2-0 first-leg success having raised the prospect of Barcelona missing out on the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2006/07. No team has ever overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit at this level without scoring an away goal, but Alves knows that the Blaugrana could not have lifted the trophy twice in the last four years without setting a few precedents.“If we play at our level, we will have a lot of chances,” said the right-back according to uefa.com. “We have spectacular players, so I don’t think this tie will be decided until the referee blows the final whistle. The desire to enjoy this is very great, and great challenges are there for great teams. Let’s see where we stand at the end – if we really are the team that’s respected all over the world, or if we cannot reach that level. We’re very confident in our team and the players we have.”

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