A Champions League without Milan is unimaginable for veteran Diavolo goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.
The Rossoneri have yet to book their place in the competition this term after finishing third in Serie A last season.
They will have to dispose of Dutch giants PSV later this month if they are to progress in Europe’s premier club tournament.
“Failing to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League would be incredibly damaging, under all aspects,” Abbiati told the Corriere dello Sport.
“I would struggle to imagine or endure a Champions League without Milan being in it. We can’t allow ourselves to be stopped by PSV Eindhoven.
“Qualification is in our grasps.”
Milan had a desperately poor start to 2012-13, but Abbiati is much more optimistic this time around.
“We are further ahead than we were at this time last year,” he continued.
“With the exception of the first 33 minutes against Manchester City, where we conceded five goals, we’ve done well in our pre-season games.”