Ahead of his side's Champions League last-16 first leg at the San Siro on Wednesday, AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri gave his thoughts on the upcoming clash, discussing both his own squad and opponents Barcelona. He also responded to club president Silvio Berlusconi, who had publicly suggested that Argentine forward Lionel Messi should be man-marked.
Berlusconi's tactical suggestions: "I gladly accept input from the president, both on the phone and when he comes to see the team. He knows that we always set out the best possible formation. But I'm the one who makes the decisions."
Thoughts on Barcelona: "They're getting great results this year, and have been outstanding in their domestic league. In Xavi, [Andrés] Iniesta and Messi, they have three game-changing players."
Meeting Barça again: "In the past, our performances against Barcelona have been good. We're excited about the match and determined to go through to the quarter-finals. Statistically, Barça win 95% of the games they play, whether they play against Milan, Real Madrid or whoever."
Pre-match sensations: "I'm sure we'll put in a good performance. I feel calm when I make my choices for the games against the best teams. The game will start at 0-0 and we'll try to get a good result. There'll be a big crowd at the stadium and a lot of people watching on television."
Messi: "He's an incredible player, and we have to pay special attention to him, but it's not just him we have to worry about. For example, we also have to look out for Iniesta."
Former Barcelona man Bojan Krkic: "He always plays. I like him a lot and I'm very happy with how he's doing here. It was me who wanted him to come to the club."
Milan forwards Giampaolo Pazzini and M'Baye Niang: "We haven't decided if Pazzini is going to start or not. Niang is fine, ready to play and put his physical strength to good effect.
Cup-tied striker Mario Balotelli: "We knew he wouldn't be able to play in the Champions League. He is player that will raise the technical level of the team and has been brought in with the future in mind."
Future as Milan coach: "I have a contract at Milan and there's nothing else for me to say. I think they're happy with my work and I'm happy with what my players are doing in every game."
Possible Italy return for Madrid and ex-Inter coach José Mourinho: "He's a great coach. He's done well wherever he's gone."