Bojan with the AC Milan PHOTO: italpress.com

The Italians have won 7 European Cups and last season faced Barça in the group stage (2-2 at the Camp Nou and 2-3 at the San Siro) and in the quarter finals (0-0 at the San Siro and 3-1 at the Camp Nou).

This is not one of the great AC Milan teams maybe, but a side with Milan’s history is always going to be a favourite and this year is no exception. Milan were runners up in Group C, behind Malaga and ahead of Zenith and Anderlecht, after winning two games on the road and taking just two points from two draws at San Siro.

Lack of consistency in Serie A

Milan are having a mixed season in Serie A (14 points to Juventus) . The team attempts to adapt to the big changes in the summer caused by the departures of Seedorf, Gattuso, Nesta and Inzaghi, as well as the sale of Thiago Silva and Ibrahimovic to PSG.

Leading scorer El Shaarawy

Milan have replaced these players with figures such as De Jong, Montolivo or ex-Barça player Bojan Krkic, who has been primarily used as a super sub. The main threat form the Italians is undoubtedly from top scorer El Shaarawy, who has 14 goals, the magic if inconsistent Robinho and the injury prone Pato. Although the Milan fans know they are perhaps short on big name stars, there’s plenty of trust in the experienced Mexes, Nocerino and Boateng and the faith that seven European Cups will always create.