AC Milan has every right to think they can pull off the unthinkable in taking a win from the Camp Nou. In the end, they will fall just short in what will be a magical night in Champions League football.
Last week proved yet again that we know little about this amazing sport. Barcelona was supposed to control the whole of the tempo of the game and bring a slight edge to the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Instead, we saw a spirited AC Milan stave off an unrelenting Barca attack with stifling defense and a good portion of luck. What's the saying, It's better to be lucky than down a goal headed into the second leg?
Either way, we have it all nil and Milan needs but an away goal to solidify the truly remarkable, dispatching of a team that has been among the best in the world and features a player that is always dominant in Lionel Messi.
Here is where things get fun. We enter the second leg on Tuesday night with the same amount of expectations that we did a week ago.
There is no reason to think that Barcelona's attack will be stifled yet again. True, Milan will be just as stout in the upcoming clash, but there is no way that you keep this team at bay a second time.
Last week was the first time that the Catalans failed to score in the Champions League this season, and the first time in nine games that Lionel Messi failed to find the net.
With a home crowd and far less sloppy pitch will have Barcelona on the winning side of things after 90 minutes of magical play.
The only thing that has changed in my forecast is that Milan will make a game of this one. We were far too quick to state Milan was fighting a huge uphill battle against Barcelona.
After a grueling first leg, they proved they are on nearly equal footing with the Spanish giants. With Kevin Prince-Boateng playing in from and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho playing fine football up front, Milan has enough to score.
The difference for me is Messi who will be the edge that has Barca moving on after tomorrow night.
He was but inches from finding the net last week, and will be spot on in his efforts at home.
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