TUESDAY: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals AC MILAN-BAYERN MUNICH (TV: ESPN Deportes, live,
Last year, AC Milan thoroughly dominated Bayern Munich, winning 4-1, at the San Siro and going through to the quarterfinals, 5-2, on aggregate when it faced the German
club in the UEFA Champions League.
This year, Milan has rarely played well. It fell to sixth place in Serie A with its 1-1 tie against Roma on Saturday and needed an overtime goal to
dispose of Scottish club Celtic in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Milan captain Paolo Maldini
says improvement is needed if the
Rossoneri, who host Bayern Tuesday in the first leg of the quarterfinals, are to progress to the final four of the Champions League for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
are two faces to Milan's season," says the 38-year-old defender. "We're out of the championship, but remain strong contenders in the Champions League. This is the moment we have to show our best.
We have to lift our game to a higher level than we've done so far."
Bayern has lost all four previous European clashes at Milan and will be without goalkeeper Oliver Kahn
and midfielder Mark van Bommel
, who are suspended. Kahn's replacement, Michael Rensing
made only one other Champions League appearance -- against Milan in the 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena last season. PROBABLE LINEUPS: AC Milan:
1-Dida; 44-Oddo, 13-Nesta, 3-Maldini, 18-Jankulovski; 8-Gattuso, 21-Pirlo, 23-Ambrosini, 10-Seedorf; 22-Kaka; 11-Gilardino. Bayern Munich:
22-Rensing; 2-Sagnol, 3-Lucio, 5-van Buyten, 21-Lahm; 20-Salihamidzic, 39-Ottl, 23-Hargreaves, 31-Schweinsteiger; 10-Makaay, 11-Podolski. Referee:
Yuri Baskakov (Russia).