Portsmouth's Hughes: Drawing AC Milan incredible

Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes says drawing AC Milan in their UEFA Cup group is "incredible". "It's an absolutely incredible draw, something a footballer can usually only dream about but Milan are my team, their stadium is my Mecca," he said. "I have watched them hundreds of times over the years. Their posters were all over my bedroom walls when I was a youngster. "My oldest brother Patrick has a season ticket for the San Siro. I have so many friends who watch them and now, hopefully, I am going to be playing against them.

Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes says drawing AC Milan in their UEFA Cup group is "incredible".

"It's an absolutely incredible draw, something a footballer can usually only dream about but Milan are my team, their stadium is my Mecca," he said.

"I have watched them hundreds of times over the years. Their posters were all over my bedroom walls when I was a youngster.

"My oldest brother Patrick has a season ticket for the San Siro. I have so many friends who watch them and now, hopefully, I am going to be playing against them.

"Just think of it, wonderful players like Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Nesta and Andriy Shevchenko are going to be coming to Fratton Park to play in the UEFA Cup. You couldn't make it up.

"It will be a fantastic occasion for all of us when we meet them - but for me it means the world."

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