Deportivo, Milan prepare for Champions League clash

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Deportivo La Coruna seek to overturn a four-one deficit against AC Milan in Wednesday's Champions League second leg in La Coruna.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Deportivo La Coruna have a hard task ahead of them as they seek to overturn a four-one deficit against A.C. Milan in Wednesday's Champions League second leg at their Riazor Stadium in La Coruna. Both teams went through their final training sessions on the eve of the encounter, and for both coaches, winning was the watchword, although Deportivo defender Manuel Pablo went further and suggested all-out attack was the best way forward for the Spanish side. Miracle needed With Real Madrid having been knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, Deportivo La Coruna will have to perform something of a footballing miracle on Wednesday in order to preserve Spanish interest in the competition. Although they scored first in the first leg against AC Milan at the San Siro two weeks ago, Deportivo suffered a four-goal barrage either side of half-time and went away four-one losers. Deportivo coach Javier Irureta knows now that the only way back is to be positive in the second leg. "It's going to be a difficult and complicated match, we can only hope that Milan will make some mistakes, so we can play our game," said Javier Irureta, Deportivo coach. Depor have won their last seven matches at home in this competition without conceding a goal, but in their last defeat at the Riazor, in the quarter-finals a year ago, they were beaten by Milan 4-0. All or nothing La Coruna defender Manuel Pablo is not concerned with the past. Wednesday, he says, is all or nothing for the Spanish side. "Tomorrow (Wednesday), we're going to go out and try to win it all. It's a very important match, so we've got to go out and fight for everything on the pitch," said Manuel Pablo, Deportivo defender. The Milan squad had the chance to take a look at the playing surface at the Riazor on Tuesday, and went through a light training session. Four-one up, they need only to contain Irureta's side, but his opposite number, Carlo Ancelotti, wants his team to play the way they always do. "Milan has to go and play like we know how to play, bearing in mind the result from the first leg. We will be doing it by playing our normal game," said Carlo Ancelotti, Milan coach. Play to win Milan have several attacking options going into Wednesday's match, with either Filippo Inzaghi or Jon Dahl Tomasson - Italian and Danish internationals respectively - partnering Andriy Shevchenko up front. Ancelotti, it seems, will not sacrifice his potent forward line for the sake of defence. "When I go and play a game of football, I never think of losing. In this match, I'm going to do just that. I'm going to play to win," said Carlo Ancelotti, Milan coach Three years ago, Deportivo came back from three-nil down against Paris St. Germain to win four-three and gain a place in the last eight. Milan must be careful that another heroic Spanish comeback doesn't happen to them again in Wednesday's match, but they are the strongest of favourites to progress. (AP)

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