Friday November 11 2011
Allegri believes in Euro Milan

Milan have what it takes to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League, says boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The tactician rates the ability and strength of the two Spanish giants, but he has belief in his Rossoneri side following their return to form.

“Milan are at the level of the big European clubs,” the former Cagliari boss told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.

“Barcelona and Real Madrid are the best in the Champions League, but we can beat Barca at San Siro. It's not a normal game against Barcelona, it's a Final.

“Saying that we can’t try to emulate Real or Barca – we just have to be ourselves.”

Milan want to defeat Barcelona in their next Champions League game in an effort to finish top of Group H. Barca are currently in first on 10 points, two clear of the Italian side with two games to go.

One man who could prove vital in that clash is former Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a striker whose new autobiography has caused a stir.

“Ibrahimovic is worth the same as Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barca’s Lionel Messi,” Allegri continued.

“Ibra’s revelations in his autobiography? I think Ibrahimovic said those things so he could sell lots of copies of his book…”

At home, Milan are back in the title race after five straight wins have seen them move into third – one point shy of joint leaders Udinese and Lazio.

“Milan and Juventus are the favourites for the title, but if Inter win five on the bounce like we have, then they will be back in it.

“I have also been surprised by Udinese and Lazio.”