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The Italian giants will be relying on the ex-Camp Nou star to inspire an upset against his former employers in Tuesday night's Champions League clash, claims a Rossoneri old boy

By Paolo Camedda

Former AC Milan midfielder Giovanni Stroppa expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to deliver the main threat against Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League Group H showdown.

Speaking exclusively to, Stroppa, who played for Milan during the 1980s and 1990s, offered a unique preview on the clash, which could see the Italians go top of the table with a win.

The former Italy international feels the Swedish striker will run the show for Massiliano Allegri's side.

"Recently Ibrahimovic has been in form, he seems more convincing and he has improved since the start of the season when he seemed nervous," Stroppa told

"Now you can see he is enjoying his football and I think he can be the leader player for Milan against Barcelona. Ibrahimovic always brings an added value for Milan."

However, the Italian warned his former club to expect the worst at San Siro as he highlighted the Catalan side's quality.

"Barcelona are the strongest and best-organised team in the world right now," said Stroppa.

Kick-off is at 01:15 IST, with Milan starting the game two points behind the Spaniards in the table.

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