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April 25, 2006

It won't be easy to win

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They may have win in Milan, but it would be a huge mistake to consider AC Milan defeated. Ronaldinho and Frank Rijkaard know it for sure, and are getting ready for the game.

Whatever the outcome, both Milan and BArcelona agree this semi-final return could reach the heights never quite attained when Barcelona gained their 1-0 advantage at San Siro last week. "It'll be a great game between two great sides," Rijkaard said.

"Everybody knows AC Milan are coming to give it everything and to beat us out of the tournament - but we're going for it as well."

Ronaldinho, whose inspired the pass that brought Ludovic Giuly's well-taken goal in Milan, predicted that Barcelona will confront a different and more mentally daunting task tonight, aware of Milan's vast European experience and their ruthlessness in front of goal, which for once deserted them last week.

"We must play with a lot of intelligence and forget about the result of the first match," said the Brazilian. "It will be really difficult and we will have to maintain full concentration."

The Italians are convinced that Barcelona, given their advantage, will not commit themselves forward too much in the opening half-hour - "I think Barcelona will be as prudent as they were at San Siro," said returned the compliment. "Milan can win Milan's coach Carlo Ancelotti. But Rijkaard parried suggestions that his squad would play more conservatively. "We can't go into this clash calculating."