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Friday March 30 2012
Levelling the field

Milan and Barcelona’s quarter-final is continuing to be contested away from the pitch. Rob Paton asks if that is a good or bad sign for the Rossoneri.

“To have 17 attempts at goal on a pitch like this carries much value. San Siro is very complicated, it doesn’t breathe, there’s no sun, it is always very bad, but that depends on those in charge. I imagine that Inter and Milan don’t play on a field like that,” offered Pep Guardiola in reaction to seeing his side fail to score for the first time in the Champions League for 28 months.

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Thursday March 29 2012
UEFA defend Milan against Barca

UEFA’s director of competition assures Barcelona had no reason to lodge a complaint about Milan’s San Siro pitch.

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Thursday March 29 2012
Milan reply to Barca complaints

Milan have posted a brief statement defending the quality of San Siro’s playing surface, after Barcelona launched an official protest.

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Thursday March 29 2012
Inler: Third at all costs

Gokhan Inler has promised that Napoli will do everything in their power to secure third place this season, starting against Juventus.

The Azzurri travel north to Turin to take on the title-chasing Bianconeri three points adrift of Lazio in the third and final Champions League qualification position.

Inler, who helped Udinese to qualify for the competition last season before playing in it with Napoli this term, is keen that the Partenopei take something from Week 30’s match, so as to maintain momentum.

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Thursday March 29 2012
Cavani wants third place

Edinson Cavani is desperate to make an immediate return to the Champions League but insists it won’t determine his future with Napoli.

Napoli currently sit one place and three points behind the final Champions League qualification spot in the League table, with nine games to go.

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Thursday March 29 2012
El Shaarawy demands perfect Milan

Milan will need to be perfect at the Camp Nou if they are to dump Barcelona out of the Champions League, says Stephan El Shaarawy.

The last eight tie is currently still at 0-0 after Wednesday night’s draw at San Siro between the two European giants.

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Thursday March 29 2012
The Art of Defending

Milan showed they could close down Barcelona with a great defensive performance that needn’t necessarily be ‘defensive,’ argues Susy Campanale.

When you are playing against the greatest team in the world, are missing your midfield filter, two quarters of your defence and the third quarter has a limp, you could be forgiven for expecting a thrashing. Instead, Milan’s performance against Barcelona was an impressive display in how to defend without resorting to catenaccio.

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Wednesday March 28 2012
Seedorf: 'Barcelona have a weak spot'

Veteran Clarence Seedorf is confident Milan can qualify past Barcelona in the second leg. “Every side has a weak spot.”

The 0-0 result in this Champions League quarter-final means the Rossoneri can go through with a score draw at the Camp Nou next Tuesday.

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Wednesday March 28 2012
Nocerino: 'Barcelona respect Milan'

Antonio Nocerino points out Milan “did not allow much to the strongest team in the world and Barcelona respect us too.”

The 0-0 first leg draw leaves qualification from the Champions League quarter-final wide open going into the Camp Nou next Tuesday.

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Wednesday March 28 2012
Galliani: 'Artificial turf at San Siro'

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani feels “Barcelona are afraid of Milan,” but reveals plans to revamp the San Siro turf with an artificial base.

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