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Andoni Zubizarreta. / PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

“We’re talking about two big teams, a Milan-Barça always sounds good.” FC Barcelona’s Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta believes that round of 16 playoff against AC Milan is attractive, but he’s prudent: “We played against them last year. We were in the same group and then we met in the quarter-finals. They are always a tough and difficult team, with a lot of history, an enormous stadium, good players and Bojan.”

Misleading draw

“We usually say that the draw in December is very misleading because a lot can change between now and mid February,” said Zubizarreta. “I always believe that big teams have a lot of spirit when the Champions League recovers that European Cup feel, anything can happen.”

The Camp Nou

“Playing the return leg at home is vital in any playoff. It’s always helpful. However, we need to plan well for the first match so we can enjoy the second one.” Zubizarreta expects the away leg at the San Siro to be “very demanding.”

Thankful for UEFA's show of support

Andoni Zubizarreta, who did not travel to Nyon, thanked UEFA for its gesture of support to Tito Vilanova before this morning’s Champions League draw. “They also supported Abidal and we thank them for it,” he said.

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