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AC Milan coach wary of Barça at home

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted on Monday that his team would need to be even better than in the first leg to go through to the Champions League quarter finals at Barcelona's expense.

AC Milan coach wary of Barça at home
Don't wake the beast: Messi will be looking to cement his return to form against AC Milan on Tuesday. Photo: Oliver Morin/AFP

Milan come into the last 16 second leg at the Camp Nou in a strong position, leading 2-0 from last month's first leg in Italy.

If Milan manage to score in Catalonia, Barcelona will be left needing four goals on the night to turn the tie around, but Allegri knows that such an exploit is not necessarily beyond a team that contains the likes of Lionel Messi.

"I think it is easy to imagine how Barça will approach the game," said Allegri when asked how the visitors would set themselves up.

"They will press us and not allow us to have much of the ball. From our point of view, we know that we will need to score once, even twice, to be able to relax.

"Whatever happens, it will be a difficult match, where we will have to be even better than we were in the first leg.

"We need to defend well, make the most of the chances we do get, and use the ball intelligently." 

The tie is Milan's to throw away, but Allegri played down suggestions that it would go down as a failure if they fail to progress now. 

"If you had told us before the first leg that we would be in this position, nobody would have believed it," he admitted.

"Even if we score, Barça are capable of getting four goals. But they are also a team that give away a lot of chances.

"If the players remain focused, and we get a little bit of luck, Tuesday can be a historic night for us," he added.

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted on Monday that his team would need to be even better than in the first leg to go through to the Champions League quarter-finals at Barcelona's expense.

Milan come into the last 16 second leg at the Camp Nou in a strong position, leading 2-0 from last month's first leg in Italy.

If Milan manage to score in Catalonia, Barcelona will be left needing four goals on the night to turn the tie around, but Allegri knows that such an exploit is not necessarily beyond a team that contains the likes of Lionel Messi.

"I think it is easy to imagine how Barca will approach the game," said

Allegri when asked how the visitors would set themselves up. 

"They will press us and not allow us to have much of the ball. From our point of view, we know that we will need to score once, even twice, to be able to relax.

"Whatever happens, it will be a difficult match, where we will have to be even better than we were in the first leg. 

"We need to defend well, make the most of the chances we do get, and use the ball intelligently." 

The tie is Milan's to throw away, but Allegri played down suggestions that it would go down as a failure if they fail to progress now.

"If you had told us before the first leg that we would be in this position, nobody would have believed it," he admitted.

"Even if we score, Barça are capable of getting four goals. But they are also a team that give away a lot of chances.

"If the players remain focused, and we get a little bit of luck, Tuesday can be a historic night for us," he added.

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ENVIRONMENT

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?

Around 10,000 people demonstrated against the expansion of the El Prat airport in Barcelona on Sunday.

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?
People march during a demonstration against the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Several ecological and agricultural organisations, have demanded that the expansion be stopped due to the fact nearby wetlands and farms would have to be destroyed.

The demonstration took place on Calle Tarragona in the Catalan capital between Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça dels Països Catalans.

The protests still took place, even though last week, Spain suspended the €1.7 billion airport expansion project, citing differences with the Catalan government, after president Pere Aragonès said he wanted to avoid destroying La Ricarda lagoon, a natural reserve next to the airport. 

Environmentalists decided not to call off the march, in case plans for the airport expansion still went ahead.

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Political representatives from ERC, En Comú Podem and the CUP also attended, as well as the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón; the Deputy Mayor for Ecology of the Barcelona City Council, Janet Sanz, and the Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler.

People from neighbourhoods across the city marched towards Calle Tarragona and could be seen holding placards that read Nature yes, airport no and shouting slogans such as “More courgettes and fewer planes” and “Fighting for the climate, health, and life”. 

One of the largest groups of people were those from El Prat de Llobregat, the municipality which is home to the airport, who were led by tractors. 

People march during a demonstration against the expansion of Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

In addition to protesting against the expansion of the El Prat airport, people were also demonstrating against the Winter Olympic Games in the Pyrenees and extensions to airports in Mallorca and Madrid. 

A representative of Zeroport, Sara Mingorría said “We are here to defend not only La Ricarda, but the entire Delta”. 

The philosopher Marina Garcés also argued that the expansion of the airport would mean “more borders, more mass tourism, more control and more precarious jobs.” 

The leader of the commons in the Catalan parliament, Jéssica Albiach, who also attended the protest, asked the PSOE for “coherence”: “You cannot be passing a law against climate change and, at the same time, defend the interests of Aena [the airport operations company]”, she said. 

She also urged the leader of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to “definitely say no. 

If the airport expansion in Barcelona goes ahead, environmentalists say that CO2 emissions would rise by a minimum of 33 percent. These levels would surpass the limits set by the Catalan government’s climate targets.

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