Sunday September 4 2011
'Milan second only to Real and Barca'

Christian Abbiati feels Milan are now among the best in Europe. “Only Real Madrid and Barcelona are stronger.”

The Rossoneri crashed out of the Champions League against Tottenham last season, but had to do without a host of players, including the cup-tied Antonio Cassano, Mark Van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson.

“It's not easy to replace a champion like Andrea Pirlo, but Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino are two Italian internationals,” the goalkeeper told the Corriere della Sera.

“Are we competitive in Europe? Only Real Madrid and Barcelona are stronger. Anything can happen over 180 minutes, as last season we went out against a technically inferior side.”

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