AC Milan v/s Malaga (8/11/2012)

Fallen Italian giants AC Milan have a huge task on their hands as they get ready to welcome big spending Malaga to the San Siro on Wednesday night for match day four of the UEFA Champions League and having already suffered a defeat at the hands of the Spanish team in the reverse fixture on match day three, Max Allegri and his team will have to fight to the death if they are to stand a chance of entering the next stage of a competition they have won seven times.

The Milanese giants have been suffering from financial instability for a long time and even had to sell off the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Qatar backed Paris Saint-Germain and have been dependent on the youth players to step up to the plate. The result of that has been dismal as Milan currently lies in 11th in the Italian Serie A. however, over the last couple of weeks; things have not been as bleak for the Rossoneri as the Milan have come to experience with two wins and a draw from their last three encounters.

Milan has won one, drawn one and lost one of their three Champions League encounters this season and anything other than a win would almost guarantee their exit from the competition unless other results go their way. Moreover, Allegri will also know that the only way they can qualify for next season’s tournament is to win the tournament, because their current position in the league table hardly gives any reason to think that they will be able to manage a top three finish.

The former Genoa manager will again have to call on his young guns, including the likes of Stephan el Sharaway, Bojan Krkic to step up to the plate but he must realize playing in the continental tournaments and playing in the domestic league is too different and he cannot expect his youngsters to deliver every time they enter the field. Milan do not lack much experience in the Champions League but their attackers are extremely inexperienced at this level and that was evident in their performance against Malaga in Spain.

AC Milan will also have to depend on a vocal home support in order to spur them on a beating Malaga in a game of football will be very difficult for the much depleted giants of Italian football.

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