Champions League news

Allegri welcomes Berlusconi input

February 20, 2013
By ESPN staff

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has had an input on team tactics ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash with Barcelona, manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed.

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Allegri's men face Barca at the San Siro on Wednesday evening, and the coach revealed that the former Italian prime minister has shared his footballing thoughts on the tie.

"I have sat down and talked to the president about the game," said Allegri. "As always, he put forward his ideas and thoughts, which are sometimes brilliant and well thought out, and they are well received.

However, Allegri insists that he very much has the final say as far as team selection and tactics are concerned.

"I will try to put the best formation onto the pitch so we can get a good result, which is what counts," he said. "I work with the squad on a daily basis though and will look to do what's best."

Milan played Barcelona in the group stage and quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, but did not register a win against the Blaugrana across those games. Allegri, though, is confident the Rossoneri can stifle Barcelona's potent attack.

"Milan-Barcelona means we are facing the best team in the world but I do not accept that in the last two weeks everyone has been making us out to be the sacrificial lamb. In the last two years we have played well against Barcelona," Allegri said.

"We know that at the moment they are the best team in the world but we have to try and create the elements to go through to the next round, although we know that whoever they play against they have an average of 65% possession.

"We have to try and limit their possession, making them less dangerous because they are so dangerous when they go forward."