Barcelona, AC Milan in clash of giants

Barcelona, AC Milan in clash of giants

In-from Arsenal host dangerous Dortmund

Barcelona, AC Milan in clash of giants

 AC Milan's story the last two years has been one of inconsistent form, a perennial injury crisis and losing to old rivals Barcelona.

So far this season, their form has been erratic as ever with only three wins in eight Serie A matches, and the injuries have continued to pile up. On Tuesday, they will be hoping to vary the routine by beating the Catalans.

Apart from that tie at the San Siro, there are two Anglo-German ties: current table-toppers in England Arsenal meet last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund in Group F as Chelsea battle it out against Schalke to claim control of Group E. 

The most eye-catching fixture on Tuesday, though, is Tuesday's Group H encounter at the San Siro as Milan and Barca meet for a third season in a row.

The Spaniards triumphed 4-2 on aggregate in last term's round of 16 and they also met in the group stage the year before, drawing 2-2 in Spain and Barca winning 3-2 in Italy.Barcelona also overcame seven-times European champions Milan 1-0 on aggregate in the 2005-06 semifinals on their way to their second of four continental titles.

The match provides the Italians with not just a chance of revenge but also the possibility of going above their rivals in the Group H standings where Gerardo Martino's team lead with a perfect six points from two matches with Milan second on four.

Arsenal on top

Arsenal are turning the toughest looking Champions League group into a walk in the park so far and they would take a huge stride towards their customary place in the last 16 with victory over Dortmund with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil being very familiar to the visitors.

The Germany international used to play for Dortmund's bitter rivals Schalke 04 and has been in fine form since his close-season move to north London, netting twice in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Norwich City.

Arsenal would have to do without midfield engine Mathieu Flamini who has been ruled out of the game because of concussion. 

Klopp will be serving the second game of his two-match touchline ban, which was imposed for an outburst during their 2-1 defeat by Napoli in their Group F opener last month.

Arsenal's Premier League rivals Chelsea travel to Ozil's old club Schalke, hoping to catch up with the Group E leaders who have six points to three for Jose Mourinho's second-placed team. Mourinho is, like Klopp, no stranger to angry eruptions at officials having been dismissed from the touchline in his side's 4-1 victory over Cardiff City at the weekend.

Schalke have a string of injuries, with top striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, central defender Kyriakos Papapdopoulos and midfielder Marco Hoeger out. They also had Jefferson Farfan ruled out for some four weeks earlier this month.

In Group G, Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk is preparing to head back to his old side Porto, while group leaders Atletico Madrid travel to Austria Vienna having dropped their first La Liga points at the weekend.

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