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Barcelona and AC Milan will meet for the third year in a row when they clash at the San Siro on Tuesday.
Last season, Barcelona overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit to run out 4-2 aggregate winners and they will head into the game on the back of a stunning start to the season that has seen 7 win and 1 draw in their domestic league and 2 wins from 2 in the Champions league.
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Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Osasuna was the time Gerardo Martino’s side has failed to score in a game this season and also the first time he had tasted anything other than victory since taking charge during the summer.
However despite the minor set back the Argentine was pleased with his side’s performance.
“I would be worried if I had seen a regression on the performance of the team,” he told reporters.
“But as I haven’t seen that, I think that we drew because it had to be like that, not because we stepped back from our way of playing thinking of the important matches ahead against Milan and later El Clasico.
“I’m not disappointed, although I still think we should have won, because I am confident with team’s performance.”
Martino will head into the game with an almost full squad to choose from, with only Jordi Alba and Ibrahim Afellay (both thigh) unavailable due to injury while Carles Puyol is likely to continue at centre-back, having made his first appearance of the season at the weekend.
AC Milan meanwhile will be without influential striker Mario Balotelli with a thigh strain while Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio, Giampaolo Pazzini (all knee) and Stephan El Shaarawy (foot) are also set to miss the clash.
Goalkeeper Marco Amelia is set to make his first appearance since April with Christian Abbiati injured.
Despite being without a number of key men manager Massimiliano Allegri is still targeting a win against the La Liga side.
He said: “We’re still waiting to get players back namely Pazzini, Bonera, De Sciglio and Balotelli.
“It’ll be tough against Barcelona but we have the right requirements to do well.
“There are three points available on Tuesday and they’ll be important to get out of the group.”