Totti 'worried' about Milan challenge

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The Roma captain Francesco Totti is worried about facing a Milan side desperate to climb into the Champions League qualification places at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.

"Milan worry me a little because the only objective they have left this year is to finish fourth [after Arsenal knocked them of the Champions League last week]," Totti said. European champions Milan are one point behind fourth-placed Fiorentina, while second-placed Roma are six adrift of leaders Inter. The Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso said Milan would not be happy to make do with a place in the Uefa Cup.

"The aim is fourth place because, with all respect, after having been at a certain level it would be a little sad to go and play at Bratislava or in Bulgaria in the Uefa Cup," Gattuso said.

Milan's Filippo Inzaghi, Marek Jankulovski and Alessandro Nesta miss the trip through injury but midfielder Clarence Seedorf is back in the squad.

In Spain, Real Madrid have an eight-point lead over Barcelona with 11 games left. Real travel to face Deportivo Coruna today with defender Fabio Cannavaro back from injury. Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is a doubt while defender Sergio Ramos is suspended.

Barcelona visit Almeria on Sunday without injured Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Portugal midfielder Deco, while Gianluca Zambrotta is suspended.

Frank Rijkaard has doubts over Rafael Marquez, Yaya Touré and Giovani dos Santos, while Ronaldinho missed training on Thursday.

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