Under-par Barca's Euro hopes on the line as Milan looms

They also looked ragged and without ideas in the King’s Cup defeat by Real Madrid and while it could be argued that it is logical for a team to drop their form at some point during the course of the season, it has coincided with the absence of coach Tito Vilanova, who has been receiving cancer treatment in New York.

updated: March 11, 2013 11:12 IST
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Madrid: After a record-breaking start to the season Barcelona have suffered a dip in form and face a stern test of their Champions League credentials against AC Milan on Tuesday night as they look to overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat to progress to the quarter-finals.

Barca only dropped two points from their first 19 games in La Liga to open up a sizeable lead at the top of the table but in the last two months chinks have started to show in their armoury, particularly in defence where they hadn’t kept a clean sheet in 13 games in all competitions until Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna.

It is a far cry from Milan's own form as they notched a 10th league match in a row without defeat as they won 2-0 at Genoa on Friday night.

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