Monday October 21 2013
Montolivo and how to beat Barcelona

Riccardo Montolivo insists Milan will have to stay compact if they are to have any chance of beating Barcelona on Tuesday.

“We need a high level of concentration and attention, limiting the spaces between the lines,” the midfielder told Milan Channel ahead of the Champions League tie.

“We need to be compact and use the counter-attack. The squad spirit, the attitude and the approach are fundamental to doing well against Barcelona.” 

Barcelona will start the tie as favourites, but the midfielder is keen to use Fiorentina’s 4-2 win over Juventus as an example that anything can happen in football.

“The match between Juve and Fiorentina shows how strange football can be,” continued the former Viola man.

“The match can change from one moment to the next and this is what is beautiful about football. We believe.

“This team has not shown its full potential and this game can give us the necessary motivation to improve.

“The team made big steps forward on Saturday in the 1-0 win over Udinese and we were all on the same wavelength.”

Montolivo is also confident that summer signings Kaka and Alessandro Matri will soon start making an impact for the Diavolo.

“Kaka can give us something more in terms of experience and personality. He can add quality to our side and I am sure he will achieve great things with us.

“Kaka is priceless and he will give us a hand on the pitch.

“We have lots of faith in him and also in Matri. He hasn’t as yet found the net, but his performances have always been good.

“We play with one forward who is always surrounded by defenders and he works to support the team. He has always scored goals and he will start hitting the back of the net. He does not need to worry.”

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