Barça in Milan / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Barça are back in Milan for the first time since their semifinal appearance in the 2009/10 Champions League, only that time it was to play Inter. They touched town in Lombardy shortly before 12.00 noon and were taken directly to their hotel, where they will rest until 18.15, when captain Carles Puyol and manager Pep Guardiola will be talking to the press before the squad trains at 19.00 on the San Siro turf.

Rosell going on Wednesday

President Sandro Rosell is also planning to fly to Italy to see his side in the Champions League, but stayed behind today to oversee the final negotiations of the renewal of basketball player Juan Carlos Navarro's contract. Rosell will be joined by vice presidents Javier Faus and Carles Vilarrubí, and board member Javier Bordas.

The team was accompanied today by Antoni Freixa, Eduard Coll and Manel Arroyo, as well as Andoni Zubizarreta, Sports Director for Professional Football, who spoke to the media before catching the flight.

Huge away support

The FC Barcelona expedition will be joined by some 4,700 travelling Barcelona fans in the San Siro. It is the biggest away support that the club has ever taken for a game in the group stages of this competition.

Tito Vilanova stays home for surgery

Tito Vilanova will not be joining Pep Guardiola on the San Siro bench on Wednesday. The assistant manager has not flown to Italy because he is instead having a parotid gland operation in the maxillofacial ward at Hospital Vall d'Hebron.

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