Milan-Barcelona: Official line-ups

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TEAMS NEWS: Milan are without Christian Abbiati, Mattia De Sciglio, Daniele Bonera, Stephan El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini for this match. Barcelona have to do without Jordi Alba and Ibrahim Afellay. The third matchday of the Champions League kicks off at 20:45 CET at Stadio San Siro. Milan will hope to get at least one point from this one.

Final Result: Milan 1-1 Barcelona

AC Milan (4-3-3) – Massimiliano Allegri
Marco Amelia; Ignazio Abate, Cristian Zapata, Philippe Mexes, Kevin Constant; Riccardo Montolivo (C), Nigel De Jong, Sulley Muntari; Valter Birsa, Robinho, Ricardo Kaka.
Bench: Coppola (GK), Silvestre (DEF), Poli, Nocerino, Emanuelson (MID), Matri, Balotelli (FW).

FC Barcelona (4-3-3) – Gerardo Martino
Victor Valdes; Daniel Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi Hernandez (C), Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta; Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr.
Bench: Pinto (GK), Montoya, Bartra (DEF), Fabregas, Song (MID), Pedro, Tello (FW).

Referee: Felix Brych.

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Hasowayne
Hasowayne
7 years ago

Nice.. Balotelli on the sidelines…..!

Alessandro
Alessandro
7 years ago

Poli in for Muntari at min 75 plz allegri. Lets try to win this.

nick
nick
7 years ago

Poli should come in for Birsa was has done nothing today really!

Alessandro
Alessandro
7 years ago

Now we just playing for the Draw, with emanuelson in for Kaka

Milanista
Milanista
7 years ago

how did kaka play?

Alessandro
Alessandro
7 years ago
Reply to  Milanista

He was superb, and assisted the goal.

Shevy
Shevy
7 years ago

constant has improved a lot in dis 2nd half.

Axelynx22
Axelynx22
7 years ago

Kka’s leg is tired. We can see it from adriano’s chance. Thays why he s subbed with emmanuelson.

Btw this time allegri made good subs. birsa isnt seen today. Quite solid prformaces though.

addi
addi
7 years ago

Muntari is one of the best today!!!

Kaka gut substituted because he just came back from injury!

Alessandro
Alessandro
7 years ago
Reply to  addi

We dont want to risk him. I hope he play on Saturday.

ChrisMilan
7 years ago
Reply to  addi

Everyone are entitled to their own opinion, although I can’t help but thinking there isn’t any other options besides you being sarcastic in regards to what you said about Muntari being one of the best.

His passing-accuracy has one of the lowest % in the league and CL and is one of the main reasons why we appear as a mid-table club; when we shouldn’t.

gaushow
gaushow
7 years ago

Emanuelson, Constant and robinho are terrible.. the rest of our squad is pretty good…

We played a good match today.. allegri likes to play against better teams.. then he do what he does better, plays like a small team

Hasowayne
Hasowayne
7 years ago

ROBINHO YES….! ROBINHO NOOOO….!!!! Why Robinho Why???

Greg
Greg
7 years ago

Bit frustrating that, half way through the 2nd half I thought we could have won it, then 2 defensive subs and the long ball to Balotelli which have served us so poorly kicked in.

Shevy
Shevy
7 years ago

Milan could aff won the match if not for wasteful Robinho n muntari

Alessandro
Alessandro
7 years ago

I am not a happy man, but I will take the Draw, if we Draw again on Barcelona and then win againts Celtic and Ajax we are in.

ChrisMilan
7 years ago
Reply to  Alessandro

I’m not satisfied with our display and I’ll come back with some possible justification for it, soon.

I’m not really happy with one point, either, but it does mean we’re one step closer to obtain at least a 2nd place.

Jibola
Jibola
7 years ago

Great match to be honest because Messi saved Barca with an incredible effort. Constant did fantastic in second half especially against Dani Alves.

In my opinion Zapata and Muntari are our best players and hard to choose between them.

FORZA MILAN

gaushow
gaushow
7 years ago
Reply to  Jibola

zapata was the responsable for barca goals, so easy choice

Muntari did well, abate did well, Montolivo was a monster, Kaka good, De jong monster

Jibola
Jibola
7 years ago
Reply to  gaushow

I quite agree with you, he made a mistake but Constant should have done better to cover up imo.
I will give it to Muntari.

gaushow
gaushow
7 years ago
Reply to  Jibola

constant is terrible… i dont even count him

afc
afc
7 years ago
Reply to  gaushow

gaushow do you play football? Zapata was covering two barca players. Zapata is not responsable for the goal, it was mexes and constant side, so it was there responsability. Please play some football, and then write your opinion.

ChrisMilan
7 years ago
Reply to  afc

He meant it was Zapata’s fault because he misplaced a pass for Monto/de Jong in a dangerous position when there weren’t a lot pressure on him.

So yes, it was Zapa’s fault.

gaushow
gaushow
7 years ago
Reply to  afc

realy? and who missed the pass???

afc
afc
7 years ago
Reply to  gaushow

who didn´t pressure messi? who was attacking and gave his position?….
Anybody could miss a pass, leave your side uncovered is the mistake and the players fault…..

joajao
joajao
7 years ago

I think Milan played quite good , in this game they really showed they got passion and heart and most of all they played like a team.Hope this performance gives us some boost so we can continue playing like this.
Forza Milan !

phillmicester
7 years ago

milan will be better nex rounds pazz de sec will be back an lets not 4get the best 4 last el 92

aquaintance
aquaintance
7 years ago

Nice Brazilian Goal!

isaiah shevy
isaiah shevy
7 years ago

If nt 4 dat same messi again I dnt tink milan wil b avin problem wit barca honestly messi is always d difference.we tried atleast celtic won it favours miLan

aquaintance
aquaintance
7 years ago

Yeah if we would of never conceded, we were gonna destroy Barcelona, but defender mistake

nick
nick
7 years ago

I hope by then Allegri is gone. I really need to see a change in coach at Milan. Its getting harder for me to watch this coach and team!

Alessandro
Alessandro
7 years ago

Also, Robinho or Kaka > Neymar.

derek
derek
7 years ago

Lets hope we win Ajax n celtic nxt round and at least a draw against Barca

Cyborg
Cyborg
7 years ago

What’s good about defending for 90min? I really don’t understand how someone can see anything good about that. We have good players, who are made to look inferior by our coach. If Allegri gets a renewal then Milan will be finished. Barca are not as strong as they used to be anymore, I’m expecting us to challenge them. We were lucky to beat them last year when they were without a coach, and they proved it by humiliating us 4-0. I’m expecting us to change out approach towards them. We defend every time we meet them and never works. Milan… Read more »

ChrisMilan
7 years ago

I’m very disappointed with this level of ambition shown by Allegri and there’s a few points I’d like to go through. – Allegri’s lack of ambitions. We had the crowd with us from minute one. This was our chance to set the bar, in order for us to move forward and sustain a decent level of quality in our performances in regards to, mainly, the league. We’ve seen this so many times under Allegri. Start bright, play seemingly in the positions told by the paper-formation and score a goal, for us to shrink into a defensive tank, drift back from… Read more »

ChrisMilan
7 years ago
Reply to  ChrisMilan

Allegri: ”It was difficult for Barcelona to find spaces. We suffered a bit on the left side in the first half as Constant had to stay close to Sanchez and therefore left much space for Alves. The midfielder should have helped him and he did so in the second half, when we suffered much less. Kaká stood for an outstanding match and showed that he is a champion. I mean not only technically, everyone knows about that already, but because he worked so hard and acted occasionally as a fullback”. Again, the lack of ambitions… He just pretty much said,… Read more »

fan99
fan99
7 years ago

montolivo should play in a more advanced position ! because the man can pass the ball and with balo in front it wont take long before the rossoneri score! We have to play with two defensive midfielders (De jong and Muntari)
who should stick to mexes and zapata! We wont get much possession but if they can coordinate between DM and LM or RM then to OM (montolivo) they can easily beat barca!
And that’s just my opinion 🙂

aquaintance
aquaintance
7 years ago

Kaka’ was everywhere, unbelievable. why does allegry do this, he must of been tired

pazzo_my_love
pazzo_my_love
7 years ago

why neymar is only good when hes in brazil? he sucks! robinho> neymar, robinho wants to play in worldcup, thats why hes working so hard… tnx robinho

sunshinekaka
sunshinekaka
7 years ago

Well my boys did well today.

Rimp
Rimp
7 years ago

Transfer rumors:

Liverpool will try to sign SES92 and Balotelli

Manchester United will try to sign Montolivo

Real Madrid will try to sign Montolivo

CTRosso
CTRosso
7 years ago

Kaka > Neymar
Robi > Neymar

Fantastic performance. Credit to Allegri for setting the team up the way he did. Was skeptical of Balo on the bench but have to say in the end it was the right decision. Bursa, Kaka and Robo excellent going forward. Shame Robo misfired on that one. Top performances by Monto, Zapata and Abate. Abate had Neymar in his pocket all night.

inzywong
inzywong
7 years ago
Reply to  CTRosso

Babara Berlusconi: “Papa is satisfied because some of the tactical indications he gave to the coach were taken on board.”

YK
YK
7 years ago

I think we did well. It’s never easy playing against Barca. We need same motivation in Serie A.

Filippo
7 years ago

This one is gone, it doesn’t matter how well we did last night next meeting will be a new and fresh game. so lets think on how to beat them

Tsep
Tsep
7 years ago

Neymar is heavily overrated due to the pressure put on him,i cudnt help but think neymar wud have shined alot brighter had he signed with us

Alex The Mauler
Alex The Mauler
7 years ago

i think we should play 433 formation we perform better that way our line up after january should be like this

Abbiati/Gabriel

Abate Rami Mexes MDS

Montolivo De Jong Poli/Muntari

Honda/Robinho Balotelli/Pazzini El Shaarawy/Kaka

inzywong
inzywong
7 years ago

that’s not the way to play givin the players we have, we should use their potentials to the max.
4-2-3-1 is the way to go
this way Kaká could return to his preferred position.

Abate – Rami – Mexes – De Sciglio
Montolivo – Dejong
Honda – Kaká – El Shaarawy
Balotelli

With Robinho,niang, Saponara, Pazzini poli,emanuelson, muntari, constant, silvestre, vergara as rotating/bench players.

Simo
Simo
7 years ago

It was a good performance regarding where we are right now. Robinho’s performance was great without his miss. Kaka performed as the old Ricky. Montolivo and De Jong did great job in the mid, as Abate cleared up Neymar during the whole match. And we had around the same amount of opportunities as our opponent. These are the positive sides. I wasn’t satisfied with Muntari, his passing accuracy was horrible, and missed one great chance (and he could’ve been red carded). Neither Birsa, who seemed to be weak against this side. Zapata made crucial mistake before our 1st goal, albeit… Read more »

chrisrossoneri
chrisrossoneri
7 years ago

ok i only hope to keep SES and de sciglio. if they got transferred we ‘re done!!allegri must be shown the exit door as quick as possible!

aquaintance
aquaintance
7 years ago

What a great RAINBOW FLICK FROM ROBINHO!! AMAZING