The 43-year-old believes that Pep Guardiola's side are a tough task for the Italian champions, but feels that his former club are capable of pulling off a shockEXCLUSIVE
By Paul Camedda
Former AC Milan defender Stefano Nava feels that Barcelona was the hardest possible Champions League draw for his old club, but feels that Massimiliano Allegri's men are capable of beating the European Champions.
The two sides faced one another in the group stage of the competition earlier this season, earning a credible 2-2 draw at Camp Nou, before succumbing to a 3-2 loss at San Siro.
Despite acknowledging that defeating Pep Guardiola's side will be a tough task for Milan, Nava feels that there is always the possibility of an upset in a cup competition.
"Surely this is most difficult draw that could have happened to Milan," Nava told Goal.com. "But it's a cup game, and these games often surprise.
"Challenging the Barcelona stars will be a great incentive for the players."
Nava went on to rue that his former club have been drawn against an adversary that they have already faced, but says that he is looking forward to the two giants clashing, nonetheless.
"It would have been nice to compare Milan to other clubs such as Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, but Barcelona came out and I'm excited about the match."
Finally, the 43-year-old stated that he does not feel that a Real Madrid v Barcelona final is a foregone conclusion, thanks to the wealth of talent in the competition and the time
"There's no such thing as obvious. I believe a lot in Bayern Munich, but we will need to see how these quarter-finals play out and see what condition the teams reach the semi-finals in."
Barcelona and AC Milan clash at San Siro on March 28, before meeting in Catalunya a week later.