MILAN (Sporting Alert) — As expected AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has partnered Robinho up front with the dangerous Zlatan Ibrahimovic for tonight’s Champions League game against FC Barcelona at San Siro.

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Also in the Milan starting line-up are Kevin-Prince Boateng, Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini, but the Serie A leaders are without the likes of Thiago Silva, Alexandre Pato and Gattuso, who are all injured, while Mark van Bommel is out suspended.

In defence, Alessandro Nesta returns to partner Philippe Mexes, while Daniele Bonera and Luca Antonini will also play at the back.

“We are ready for this challenge,” Allegri said. “It’ll be a very difficult quarter-final against the best team in the UEFA Champions League; we have to play a great game.”

Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Iniesta are all in the starting team for Barcelona, alongside Xavi and Sergio Busquets, but Cesc Fabregas is on the bench.

AC Milan v Barcelona Teams

AC Milan: Abbiati, Mexès, Nesta, Bonera, Antonini, Seedorf, Nocerino, Ambrosini, Boateng, Ibrahimović, Robinho
Subs: Amelia, Mesbah, Yepes, Aquilani, Emanuelson, Maxi López, El Shaarawy.

Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Mascherano, Keita, Busquets, Sanchez, Messi
Subs: Pinto, Muniesa, Montoya, Fàbregas, Thiago Alcántara, Pedro Rodríguez, Tello.


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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