• A triumph at the San Siro would mathematically qualify Barça for the last 16, as top of the group. A draw would keep them two points ahead, and leave everything open pending the last match, whilst a defeat would put AC Milan a point ahead, with the group leadership still to be decided in the last game.

• AC Milan and Barça have met twelve times in UEFA competitions, with a very even balance: 4 wins for each team and 4 draws.

• The last time the teams met in Italy was on April 18th 2006, when FC Barcelona won 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. In the second leg, at the Camp Nou they drew 0-0.

• The last Milan victory over Barça dates back to October 20th 2004, when the two teams also met in the group stages. Shevchenko scored the winning goal that day (1-0).

• FC Barcelona have played 14 games against Italian teams away from home. The balance is 4 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats.

• The last visit to Milan brings back bad memories for Barça. Guardiola's side lost to Inter Milan, 3-1, after a long journey by coach to the Italian city.

• Barça have only lost one of their last eight away games in Europe, and have two clear wins in the two games in this year's group stages (5-0 at BATE, and 4-0 away to Pilsen).

• Three current AC Milan players have played for Barça. They are Gianluca Zambrotta (2006-08), Mark van Bommel (2005/06) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2009/10).

• The game will also bring together other old acquaintances. Cesc Fabregas and Flamini were at Arsenal together from 2004 to 2008, whilst Mascherano and Aquilani were teammates at Liverpool in the 2009/10 season.

• The last current Barça player to score at the San Siro was Alexis Sanchéz. He scored a goal in the 4-4 draw, last season, between AC Milan and Udinese, his former club.

• No team has scored more goals in the Champions League than Barça, who have scored 13. Messi is also the top scorer in the competition, with 5 goals, the same as Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich).

• The referee will be the German, Wolfgang Stark, who has refereed a total of 42 games in the Champions League, none of these with AC Milan, but he has refereed FC Barcelona a total of five times, the last time being the 2-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the semifinals last season.

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