12th March, 2013
Sulley Muntari believes AC Milan will give Barcelona ‘hell’ tonight as the two European giants square up in a must win UEFA Champions League second leg clash with Barca at the Camp Nou.
The Rosenneri have a 2-0 fist leg advantage courtesy of some stunning goals from the Ghanaian duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Muntari a couple of weeks ago at San Siro.
Even though many soccer pundits are waiting with bated breath what response Lionel Messi and co will come up with in the grudge match in what has been one of the most anticipated ties between the two clubs in recent history, Muntari believes Milan will invade Spain to repeat the dose.
Muntari said: “We beat them to their game in Italy and we will repeat our performance there (Spain). We will make things difficult for them and prevent them from playing their fluid passing game. We know what Messi and Iniesta for instance can do but we will make things difficult for them.
Sulley maintains that Friday’s 2-0 victory over Genoa will no doubt provide a timely boost for the second leg against Barca, with his men needing to protect their 2-0 lead against their La Liga opponents in order to progress. “We will take inspiration from that and go there with confidence,” Muntari said.
Massimo Ambrosini says that AC Milan’s spirit must come to the fore at Nou Camp because their resolve to reach the quarter-finals is about to be severely examined.
“We have so much to lose but also so much to win,” he went on. “We are in a positive situation, but in my opinion this tie still stands at 50-50.
“Last year we beat Arsenal 4-0 yet we were still close to being knocked out. We have players with a lot of experience, but I also know it won’t be easy for our younger players, although the experience will do them good.
“Honestly, I don’t think what happened against Arsenal will happen again. We don’t see the match any other way than to play it with a knife held with our teeth,” Ambrosini said.