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Barcelona are without Jordi Alba, Ibrahim Afellay and Isaac Cuenca for the Champions League match with Milan. The Blaugrana step into San Siro on Tuesday evening in this Group H encounter. Barcelona are without Jordi Alba, Ibrahim Afellay and Isaac Cuenca for the Champions League match with Milan. The Blaugrana step into San Siro on Tuesday evening in this Group H encounter. Coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino is without Jordi Alba and Afellay, while he has chosen to leave behind Isaac Cuenca. UEFA have chosen German referee Felix Brych to officiate. Milan will name their squad later today, but are pessimistic on Mario Balotelli, Christian Abbiati or Mattia De Sciglio being able to make it. Barcelona squad for Milan: Victor Valdes, Pinto, Olazabal; Montoya, Piqué, Puyol, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Dani Alves; Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Jonathan Dos Santos, Busquets, Song, Sergi Roberto; Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, Messi, Neymar, Tello

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hinted Gareth Bale could “start against Juventus” in the Champions League. The Coach was speaking after today’s 2-0 victory over Malaga, as they face the Turin giants on Wednesday. “It was a very good game. I hope we will play with the same intensity against Juventus in the Champions League next week. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hinted Gareth Bale could “start against Juventus” in the Champions League. The Coach was speaking after today’s 2-0 victory over Malaga, as they face the Turin giants on Wednesday. “It was a very good game. I hope we will play with the same intensity against Juventus in the Champions League next week. “We worked harder in defence. We focused on recovering possession faster and creating chances in attack – and that’s definitely something that happened this afternoon. “I'm happy with how we played, but we have to continue improving. Bale is fit to play. He has three days of training and then we will decide if he starts against Juve. “I think Varane will also be available for the match.”

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Barcelona director Andoni Zubizarreta is again looking forward to a European Cup clash against Milan. The two teams have been regularly drawn with each other in recent seasons and they will meet at San Siro again on Tuesday night. “It wouldn’t be the Champions League unless we played Milan,” Zubizarreta smiled on Monday ahead of the trip to Italy. Barcelona director Andoni Zubizarreta is again looking forward to a European Cup clash against Milan. The two teams have been regularly drawn with each other in recent seasons and they will meet at San Siro again on Tuesday night. “It wouldn’t be the Champions League unless we played Milan,” Zubizarreta smiled on Monday ahead of the trip to Italy. “We have played each other a lot. We are going to a stadium in which the opponent does not mind closing up against us and that to us will make things more complicated. “In no way do we have to explain to our players the trajectory of Milan. It is always a good time to play Milan – whether before a Clasico game against Real Madrid or not. “It’s another opportunity to play against a great side. If you were to ask Carles Puyol, he will tell you that this is the best team that we can play.” Barcelona have a 100 per cent record in Group H, while Milan have beaten Celtic and drawn with Ajax in their two games so far.

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