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Ancelotti backing AC Milan to be too strong for Arsenal

Former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti feels they'll be too strong for Champions League opponents Arsenal.

The two teams were paired in the round of 16 draw on Friday.

"I am a Milanista through and through, so when I am cheering on my team, I find it difficult to be rational," Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"In any case, I think Milan are superior to Arsenal. Massimiliano Allegri has great champions, as Arsenal don't have anyone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, nor Pato or Robinho.

"They do have Robin Van Persie, that is true, but we also have Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva. Milan are the favourites, but I won't forget Arsenal knocked us out of the Champions League in 2008.

"Arsenal are a side who always try to play their football and move it around, as that is the philosophy of the club. In order to reach the quarter-finals, Milan have to ensure their greater individual technique makes the difference.

"Arsenal had a bad start and were hammered at Old Trafford by Manchester United, but they are back on track now. I follow Arsenal regularly and can confirm they play pretty well now."

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