Milan aim for qualification
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Rossoneri travel to Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday knowing victory in Russia will secure their spot in the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition.
Despite not having Andrea Pirlo available for the trip east, Milan chief Ancelotti is optimistic a win will act as a springboard for their Scudetto challenge.
"It's a pity Pirlo won't be here," lamented Ancelotti. "As for the line-up, I'll have to see how (Massimo) Ambrosini feels.
"If we are able to gain qualification to the next round in Moscow it would undoubtedly be a positive thing for the championship race."
Ancelotti's sentiments were echoed by vice-president Adriano Galliani, who also anticipates Milan to seal their last eight spot.
Galliani said: "Let's hope we clinch qualification because this is the aim of this away match.
"As for the team, we've a few problems due to an influenza bug. We've got Alessandro Nesta back, who didn't play against Torino, but we've lost Andrea Pirlo, who remains at home.
"We've a big faith for this match. Lokomotiv are a team able to close spaces but we'll still have qualification in our minds."