Group C – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Didier Deschamps believes Milan’s attacking instincts could play into Marseille’s hands as they aim to avenge their 2-1 Champions League Matchday 1 reverse.
While Leonardo’s side have thrived going forward, they have looked vulnerable at the back at times, something Deschamps is keen to exploit. “We have to pay attention and take advantage of spaces they leave,” said the Marseille coach.
Milan are level with Real Madrid on seven points at the Group C summit, one ahead of Marseille, and Leonardo is no mood to compromise as the Rossoneri look for the win that would confirm their place in the last 16.
“People say we take too many risks and it’s true; but this team is built to attack,” he said. “It is a calculated risk. We like to attack so it is almost inevitable we concede more than we should. We want our supporters to return home having watched an entertaining game. I think Marseille have a similar outlook.
“Borriello will undergo a few tests in the afternoon to see how his knee is, but we will do all we can to have him available. He’s important for us. There are no problems with Gattuso or Inzaghi, although they aren’t playing as much as they used to. Gattuso just has a few physical issues and that’s why he is not playing that much.”
Deschamps was impressed by Milan when the two sides met earlier in the campaign, but he believes his opponents are not playing at that level at the moment.
“Like any coach Leonardo wants a good balance to his team,” said the former Juventus coach. “He has a lot of talented players so he chooses to field an attacking team – they showed that philosophy in their last game.
“It’s true they concede a lot, but I think one reason for that was Alessandro Nesta’s absence. When he plays it’s a different story. We have to pay attention and take advantage of the spaces they leave. When they have the ball they can do really well.
“If I had to compare the Milan we faced in September and Real Madrid, I’d say Milan were the better team, but I don’t think Milan are playing that well anymore even if they are more dangerous up front.”