Champions League quarter-final: second leg
First leg: Lyon 0-0 Milan
Both coaches are in confident mood as Milan entertain Lyon in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final match.
The tie is evenly balanced following the 0-0 draw in Lyon a week ago, but Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti believes that home advantage could be the key.
“I think they should be worried about us,” he warned.
Milan suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Lecce on Saturday, but Ancelotti is upbeat about his side’s chances.
“The defeat was disappointing but this is a completely different story,” he said. “The many missed chances mean we have been creating opportunities – as long as you do that, the goals will come.”
“We’ve drawn the first legs of Champions League matches three times now, so we’re used to being in this position,” he said. “We have to win but in football you have to win matches if you want to win trophies. We just have to stick to our game plan and dominate the match. Our supporters will be a big help to us.”
Lyon coach Gerard Houllier played down the fact that his team will be facing a hostile sell-out crowd at the San Siro.
“I’ve yet to see a supporter score a goal,” he said.
“Nil-nil is a dangerous result for Milan,” added Houllier. “They have to score. We know we always score away from home.
“It would be a mistake to rate our chances as one in three – I would call it 50-50. We are through to our third consecutive quarter-final and have been knocked out unluckily in previous years.
“Reaching the semi-finals would be a huge boost, not only to the club but to the whole of French football. We need to reach the last four and start our own history. Milan have a great history – we want to create a history of our own.”
Houlllier welcomes back playmaker Juninho Pernambucano from suspension.
“Juninho’s return will certainly help make up for the absence of Tiago [who is suspended],” he said.
Ancelotti, though, believes the return of Juninho is offset by the loss of Tiago.
“Although Juninho is a danger, Tiago being out should balance it up,” he said. “Coupet is also a great player, but if a goalkeeper is being singled out as key then that means we will have a chance to cause them problems.”
Milan’s only doubt is Jaap Stam, who trained alone on Monday.
The recovery from minor knocks of Paolo Maldini and Cafu are further boosts for Ancelotti.
“These are very positive signs,” said the Milan coach.
“Everyone is saying we should be worried about them but I think the opposite – I think they should be worried about us.”
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