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Montolivo: "We know Spain's midfield is the same as Barça's"

"This match has arrived at the best time for us, even though we are up against the best team in the world and the best footballer around."

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Montolivo: "We know Spain's midfield is the same as Barça's"

AC Milan and Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo addressed the media ahead of the Rossoneri's Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday.

He said he was wary of the might of the Catalan side's midfield, as it is almost identical to the Spain midfield which ripped Italy apart in the Euro 2012 final.

Best form of the season: "I'm in very good form at the moment, like the rest of the team. The fact that people have been comparing me to Pirlo is very motivating. This match has arrived at the best time for us, even though we are up against the best team in the world and with the best footballer around. We have changed a lot since the start of the season It will be a fantastic occasion."

Barça's midfield: "They will make it very difficult for us. They will have all the possession. We will have to be very attentive to every player, play as a group and impose the team's personality on them. In Italy we are well aware that Spain's midfield is the same as Barcelona's. But we are growing as a team and it's always good to play against the best in the world to test your level."

Standard of Italian football:"Serie A is experiencing economic problems and it hasn't been able to make changes. But the level of talent in Italy is very powerful and we have quality players that are among the best in the world."

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