Fabio Borini thinks AC Milan can turn round their 2-0 deficit to knock ‘strange’ Arsenal out on Thursday, telling the Italian media that nothing is impossible.
Borini, who has previously played for Chelsea, Swansea City, Liverpool and Sunderland, joined Milan on loan over the summer. He scored twice in their round-of-32 tie with Ludogorets, and is confident the Italian side can progress again.
“We can still do it,” he insisted. “Arsenal are strange and open — they are capable of beating you 4-0 and then conceding just as many at home. We’ve got the advantage of knowing we messed up the first leg and now we know what we’ve got to do.
“Nothing is impossible. We’re proving that with our own challenge for a place in the Champions League next season. Even a 2-0 defeat at home can be overturned.”
Milan are certainly playing very well domestically at the moment. After 20 matches they were in the bottom half of the Serie A table, but seven games later they’re up to sixth, just six points off the top four.
They also won their recent Coppa Italia semi-final, edging past Lazio on penalties.
Like Arsenal, they did better away from home in the Europa League round-of-32, winning 3-0. If they can repeat that again in London they’ll progress to the quarter-finals.
Arsenal shouldn’t take anything for granted in the second leg. They’ve had a good couple of confidence-boosting results, but they can’t slip back into the bad habits of recent months.