Sei-final: second leg (first leg: 0-1)
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard is delighted to welcome back several key players as he prepares his side for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Milan.
The Dutch coach has Deco, Henrik Larsson and Ronaldinho all available.
“I have a luxury problem,” Rijkaard said.
“It is good when players make life difficult for the coach like this. Deco is an important player for us and it is great to have him back.”
The Portugal midfielder was suspended for Barcelona’s 1-0 win in Italy last week and his return could see the Spanish side play a more attacking game.
Deco is expecting a tough encounter and said: “They will be going full out because they know they have to win and they will be on the attack and pressuring us all the time.
“We can’t allow them to have as many chances as they had at the San Siro.”
However, despite their wealth attacking riches Rijkaard is aware that keeping a clean sheet will guarantee a place in the final.
“I hope we maintain our usual mentality,” he said.
“I would like to score a second goal, but I know we must pay attention and not concede one. We are confident. We are playing at home and will have the support of our fans and will be going out to win the game.”
Comparisons with the second leg of the last-16 tie against Chelsea were dismissed by Rijkaard.
“This is another game,” he stated.
“If Milan played exactly the same way as Chelsea then maybe we could use that game as a reference, but it will not be the same. It will depend on our opponents, but this game is not difficult to prepare for.”
Rijkaard is once more without playmaker Xavi Hernandez, who began full training last week but is still not completely fit after knee ligament surgery in December. Lionel Messi (thigh) is also out along with the banned Oleguer Presas.
Milan’s Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is confident he knows how to beat Barcelona.
“We must have no fear,” said Ancelotti. “Courage and personality are the two fundamental things that we must have – then we’ll have nothing to fear.”
Milan have never lost a Champions League semi-final, but Ancelotti insists there will be no shame in failing to beat a side of Barcelona’s quality.
“For us, it is a very important game because it could be our third final in four years, but if we do not overcome Barcelona and do not reach the final then it would not exactly be a disaster,” he said.
“I will not talk about disasters.”
Milan are missing midfielder Massimo Ambrosini who suffered a fracture in his left leg on Saturday.
Kaka and Alessandro Nesta were injured in the same game and are doubtful but Filippo Inzaghi and Cafu are both expected to be fit.
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