FC Barcelona faces AC Milan Wednesday in what is perhaps the most opportune time to do so in their previous eight encounters over the past three UEFA Champions League seasons. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is on the ropes with his job on the line, having struggled to keep his team above mid-table so far this season. The Rossoneri, undergoing their worst league start in over three decades, are pointless in their last three matches in Serie A, and have not won in Champions League Group H since hosting Celtic on Matchday 1. The situation for the Italians is so dire that they must keep tabs on what happens in Amsterdam between AFC Ajax and Celtic FC (who trail Milan by two points) if the Round of 16 is even to be considered.
With both Barça and Milan not looking anywhere near their best the last time they faced at the San Siro in Matchday 3, the spoils will go to whomever can show they took away something useful from the match. Both teams had their fair share of bad luck in front of net and if either side’s regular goal scorers can prove even the slightest bit more focused, a spectacular clash awaits the Camp Nou faithful.
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