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Milan have been encouraged by the return of a number first-team names to training ahead of the Champions League meeting with Arsenal this week.
Ahead of Milan facing Arsenal in the Last 16 this week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is no longer preoccupied with winning the Champions League.
Milan’s injury crisis is easing in the lead-up to the Arsenal clash, as Alexandre Pato, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alessandro Nesta resumed training today.
Milan have added Maxi Lopez, Djamel Mesbah and Stephan El Shaarawy to their Champions League squad.
Walter Mazzarri has been given a two-match ban by UEFA, meaning he’ll miss both Napoli’s legs against Chelsea.
Inter general manager Ernesto Paolillo admits the club must qualify for the Champions League “or we’d have to further reduce our budget.”
Playing and scoring in the Champions League was the highlight of 2011 for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
Didier Deschamps points out “the Treble-winning Inter is gone,” but Marseille are still concerned at the Champions League draw.
Carlo Ancelotti believes Milan are “superior to Arsenal,” while Napoli can eliminate Chelsea.
Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli is confident Milan, Napoli and Inter can progress in the Champions League. “They have the right mentality.”
Massimo Moratti warns Inter should not underestimate Olympique Marseille and confirms “it was obvious” the Calciopoli peace talks would be futile.
Both Andre Villas Boas and Arsene Wenger have told of the difficult draw respective Champions League opponents Napoli and Milan represent.
Napoli’s Marek Hamsik is relatively happy with the upcoming Champions League clash against Chelsea. “We wanted to avoid the Spanish.”
Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri knows that his side will have to be perfection personified in their Champions League ties against Chelsea.
Today’s Champions League draw was a positive one for Milan, Inter and Napoli, insists Luca Marchegiani.
Inter boss Claudio Ranieri is looking forward to facing Marseille counterpart Didier Deschamps in the Champions League.
Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri insists English football is still to be respected after they were drawn to play Arsenal in the Champions League.
Milan will take on Arsenal and Chelsea await Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League. Inter, meanwhile, have been paired with Marseille.
Inter, Milan and Napoli will discover the identity of their last 16 opponents when the Champions League draw is made on Friday.
Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler insists he’s not bothered who his club is drawn with in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
Zenit St Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito is eager to face Inter in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.
Walter Mazzarri has admitted to deliberately getting sent off against Villarreal to motivate his Napoli players into a reaction.
Napoli’s Goran Pandev says he’d love the opportunity to progress and eventually face Inter in the Champions League this season.
Esteban Cambiasso insists that Inter could easily have won – rather than lost – to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Javier Zanetti admits he was “surprised” at the two Manchester clubs going out. “Now we hope for a good draw.”
Edinson Cavani expressed his relief at qualification, while Salvatore Aronica expects a ban after being punched by Gonzalo Rodriguez.
Roberto Mancini concedes “the game in Naples did it” for Manchester City’s failure to qualify from their Champions League group.
Gokhan Inler knows he “wrote Napoli history” tonight with his goal to break the deadlock at Villarreal.
Marek Hamsik reveals it was “like playing at home” when he scored in Spain to send Napoli through and the pledge he made.
Aurelio De Laurentiis reveals he was “soaked” during a dramatic Champions League night for Napoli.
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