Published On: Sun, Feb 17th, 2013

Flamini: Barcelona have defects AC Milan can exploit

AC Milan’s Mathieu Flamini is optimistic about his side’s chances against Barcelona in their upcoming Champions League knockout tie.

Flamini believes that the Rossoneri can capitalize on weaknesses in the Barcelona squad, as he looks to take full advantage on his knowledge of former teammate Cesc Fabregas.

Speaking to Milan Channel, Flamini identifies what he thinks to be Fabregas’s key weakness: “Fabregas is a player with many qualities, as he has incredible vision and is also very good in front of goal.

“As for his defects, at times he ‘forgets’ to defend. Barcelona have great individual talents and play wonderful football, so they are among the favourites for the trophy.”

Milan start the tie in front of their own fans at the San Siro, but still remain heavy underdogs to Barcelona, who have won the European Cup twice out of the previous four competitions.

This will be the second time in two years the Rossoneri have met Barcelona in the knockout stages, with last year’s meeting ending 3-1 in favor of the Catalonia side.

If Milan are to expect a better result this time around, they will be hoping to do better on home turf than last year’s scoreless draw.  Flamini’s belief that his side can upset the Spanish giants will need to be reflected on the pitch should they hope to take anything away from the match.

“Admittedly, we would’ve preferred to face a different team at this stage, but they will certainly be two fantastic games.

“We will do everything possible to surprise Barcelona.”

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