Kluivert: Milan cannot handle Barca

Former AC Milan and Barcelona player Patrick Kluivert believes that Milan will find it tough going up against Barca in the Champions League.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Barcelona and AC Milan are set to face off over two legs after being drawn with each other in the last 16 of the Champions League - their fifth and sixth time facing each other after last season's group stage and quarter-final ties.

Kluivert, who played for both sides during his career, was clear in naming Barcelona as the favourites to progress.

"Barca are on another level," the Netherlands assistant coach told Mundo Deportivo. "They are the absolute favourites for the Champions League and bad things would have to happen to Barca for Milan to eliminate them.

"Milan are certainly a good team and will forever be competitive. The Italian League is difficult. But Barca have too much for them and I would say that about any team.

"Milan have lost two very important players, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. Barca instead have maintained the same structure as the winning team with Pep Guardiola. Nothing seems to have changed with Tito Vilanova.

"In fact, the way they play has the same basis as the first year of [Frank] Rijkaard, which was also my last year at the club."

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