By Matt Fortune
Carlo Ancelotti believes his side can dump Arsenal out of the Champions League, even if Milan lose at Emirates Stadium tonight.
Addressing the media before the game, the Milan boss heaped praise on counterpart Arsène Wenger yet insisted that a young Gunners side would be no match for the Italians' wealth of experience.
"I have got a great respect for Wenger because he has done a great job at Arsenal," said Ancelotti. "He is been [there] many years and has built up a team to be very, very strong.
"He has created some good young players and I think it is fantastic what he has done here. I also believe that he will keep doing it."
The former Italian international has guided the Rossoneri to two Champions League triumphs and, despite his praise of the Arsenal boss, Ancelotti is confident that the Premier League leaders will falter over two legs.
"I think we could even lose," he replied when asked if a draw in London would suit him. "We did so in Manchester [last season]. It is important to understand that we can always do it.
"We must play our game and try to be better than the opponent and then we can always do something in the return match.
"We are ready for this match. Our performances have been better recently. We will need different things [than in Serie A] but we have a lot of motivation and we are very determined. I think we have the qualities to do well."
"This occasion is important to show personality and character. The success of AC Milan in the past has been based on character."
Ancelotti - We can progress even if we lose
By Matt Fortune