MILAN, April 6 (Champions League) - AC Milan appear to have taken their foot off the gas since thrashing Deportivo La Coruna in the Champions League but coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen that there should be no repeat of their recent domestic form in the quarter-final second leg against the Spaniards.
The Serie A leaders, aware of the demands of fighting for titles on two fronts, have rested key players in their last two Italian league clashes.
Deportivo will take no consolation, however, from Milan's consecutive draws with Chievo and Modena as they try to overturn a 4-1 deficit from the first leg.
The Spanish high-fliers faced a similar task a few years ago against Leeds United and have never been able to progress to the last four in the competition.
Against the reigning European champions it is likely to be even more difficult to achieve a semi-final place for the first time in their history.
However, the Rossoneri do not want to take anything for granted.
``We have to be careful with Deportivo,'' said AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.
``They are a dangerous team and the first-leg result can be misinterpreted.
``The team knows how important the game is.''
``There is no way we can think about the 4-1 in the first leg and what's more we have to be very aware of Deportivo's football, their possession, their penetration from the wings and the movement of their forwards.
``I don't see my players in a state of euphoria, we are going to play a very dangerous team and the result from the first leg could be misleading.''
Two of AC Milan's key players Andriy Shevchenko and Kaka will be in Ancelotti's starting line-up at the Riazor stadium after being rested in recent matches.
Shevchenko, Serie A's highest goalscorer with 20 goals, is a constant threat as is Kaka, the Brazil midfielder who has been a sensation this year and is being tipped to be named Italy's Footballer of the Year following his summer transfer from Sao Paulo.
Italian international Alessandro Nesta, who missed the first leg encounter due to a thigh injury but proved his fitness against Modena at the weekend, will be at the heart of the Rossoneri defence alongside captain Paolo Maldini.
Midfielder Massimo Ambrosini will stay in Milan as he is struggling with a thigh injury and is likely to be replaced by Gennaro Gattuso, who was outstanding in last May's Champions League final.
All is not rosy at Milan for Italy international forward Filippo Inzaghi, who has come under fire in recent weeks for his profligacy in front of goal.
His fellow striker Jon Dahl Tomasson believes his team-mate will bounce back.
``Don't criticise Inzaghi,'' said Tomasson who netted Milan's all-important goal at the weekend.