MADRID - Much of the focus ahead of today's Champions League semifinal between Inter Milan and Barcelona has been on Samuel Eto'o and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Eto'o is determined to prove Barca coach Josep Guardiola wrong for having swapped him for Ibrahimovic last summer, after he had won everything at the Nou Camp.
Ibrahimovic, for his part, is keen to show the San Siro his qualities, though the muscle tear that has kept him out of action for two weeks will probably keep him on the bench today. However, the semifinal between the Italian and Spanish champions also throws up another fascinating battle: between Milito brothers Diego and Gabriel.
Rarely before in the Champions League have two brothers been in direct conflict. Diego Milito, 30, will be leading the Inter attack along with Eto'o, while the fit-again Gabriel Milito, 29, will, in all probability, be at the heart of the Barca defence.
Diego said on Sunday that "it will be strange to be playing again Gabi... But I hope to give him a difficult match, and to score a couple of goals". Diego's goals have been important in Inter's progress to the semifinals, and he has struck up a strong partnership with Eto'o.
Many Inter fans thought that coach Jose Mourinho would, this season, choose between Eto'o and Milito as centre-forward. Instead, he has fielded the two centre-forwards alongside each other - to good effect.
Gabriel, for his part, said his job will be to keep Diego and Eto'o under control.
"Sentiment will not come into it, I have a difficult job to do."
The statement came before getting onto the Barca coach. The Catalans had had no choice but to drive all the way to Lombardy because both of Milan's airports are closed due to the volcanic ash that has spewed out of Iceland in the past week.
It will not be the first time that the Argentine brothers have faced each other. They did so on several occasions from 1999 to 2003, when Diego was a young striker for Racing Club and Gabriel a greenhorn defender for Independiente. - Sapa-DPA