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AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze is confident his side's strong home record in the UEFA Champions League will come to the fore once more when the holders play Arsenal FC in the deciding leg of an intriguing first knockout round tie.
With the match delicately poised after 90 goalless minutes in London, the Rossoneri are looking to register a home win to continue their defence of a trophy clinched for the seventh time last season. Kaladze strongly believes experience will go a long way towards helping Milan achieve this ambition on Tuesday. The Italian club succeeded at this stage last term after securing a 0-0 draw at Celtic FC and they won through in similar circumstances against Olympique Lyonnais in the 2005/06 quarter-finals.
"It's a similar situation to experiences we have had before," said the Georgian international, who featured in both of Milan's UEFA Champions League triumphs under Carlo Ancelotti. "It will be tough for us, but it will be difficult for them too. Experience has made us very strong mentally. And we've got some important players back from injury so we are looking forward to the match and optimistic about our chances."
Kaladze turned 30 last week and, along with Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, Massimo Oddo and Zeljko Kalac, will likely be at the heart of a back five 166 years young. Having been here before, the left-sided player certainly knows what it takes to go the distance in this competition. "The priority must always be to defend well and build on that," he said. "In London we held firm and we've given ourselves a platform to build on. We expect to play better at home because we always do in this competition.
"Arsenal are a very strong, young and fast side. Emmanuel Adebayor, Aleksandr Hleb, Cesc Fabregas are great players. They play well as a team. They interchange quickly and attack in numbers. They are quick and we respect them, but many good sides have come to San Siro since I've been here and struggled. I don't know how they will be feeling when they come out of the tunnel, but for us it is a huge advantage to play in front of our own fans. In the past we have always risen to the occasion on big European nights here and we're sure we can do it again."
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