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Monday, October 21, 2013

Barcelona, Milan renew Champions League rivalry

After being eliminated by F.C. Barcelona in March of this year, A.C. Milan looks to come back strong with a healthier squad. As of October 21, Milan's Manager, Massimiliano Allegri, has mentioned that dangerous striker, Mario Balotelli, will be available. It is unknown whether or not he will start. Kaka, the Brazilian mid-fielder, has recently returned from an injury and should be available, as well. A.C. Milan, who will play in front of the home crowd at San Siro, will still count on reliable players like Nigel De Jong and Mattia De Sciglio.

Barcelona also has their share of returning players from injury. Carles Puyol, better known as "El Capi" (spanish jargon for captain), has recently returned to bolster Barcelona's strong backline. Puyol helped Barcelona shut out Osasuna over the weekend. Barcelona's recent scoring issues may be attributted to Lionel Messi's absence, although he was given the final 22 minutes to play against Osasuna. Messi will most likely start against Milan tomorrow.

Will Balotelli, who didn't play in the knockout stage in March, make the difference this time around? It's no secret that he is a lethal striker, but some would worry more about yellow cards instead of goals from him.