Barcelona vs. AC Milan: Why Barca Win Hinges on Lionel Messi

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Barcelona vs. AC Milan: Why Barca Win Hinges on Lionel Messi
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Barcelona will be counting on Lionel Messi to get past AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16.

The Spanish club is facing an almost insurmountable obstacle on Tuesday. They need three goals to advance, and that’s just if they can keep a clean sheet.

AC Milan shocked Barcelona at San Siro in the first leg, winning 2-0 despite not being able to field Mario Balotelli.

The Italians played a perfect defensive game, didn’t allow the Spaniards any room and took advantage of the opportunities they were given to score two goals.

Superstars such as Xavi and Messi were completely closed down and were unable to dominate their opponents the way we are used to seeing them.

It was a stunning upset, but also a reminder that Barcelona can be beaten if Messi isn’t allowed to shine.

That’s why it’s up to him to reverse Barcelona’s ongoing horrible trend. The team has lost three out of their last five games and desperately need to get back on course.

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