The Moroccan’s Rossoneri will step onto the pitch at the Vicente Calderon at a 1-0 disadvantage, made to pay late on by Diego Costa three weeks ago at San Siro.
Milan have had a terrible go of things in Serie A this term, but appeared to have a chance at some sort of redemption in breaking through to the Champions League knockouts to take on Los Colchoneros.
Their backs are now against the wall heading into the second-leg of the last-16 tie, however, having failed to capitalise on an excellent showing back home to grab a result.
Taarabt - who has been nothing short of a revelation since landing in Italy on loan - particularly shone opposite the Spanish title contenders, continuing to demonstrate his value to the cause after Milan received a healthy dose of criticism for taking him on in January.
But according to the versatile QPR-owned attacker, it was another loanee from an English club that really stole the show, decisive in his efforts to stop the Rossoneri from stamping their mark on proceedings.
“It will be tough because we’re facing a good team, but we deserved victory at San Siro,” he told AS.
“It should have finished 3-0 to us but we ran into a beast like Courtois.”
The Belgian was indeed forced into several brilliant stops in the 90 minutes in northern Italy, Taarabt quite right in his assessment that the outcome could have been far different without his exploits.
Displays such as Courtois’ in Milan are those that keep the constant speculation about his future with Chelsea running - the ability to make the difference between winning and losing.
And on Taarabt’s end, a man on a mission to earn a permanent switch to Serie A, he will be hoping to gain the upper hand this time on a loan rival - having just come up short last month.
The one-time Tottenham flop still has plenty to prove in order to recover the acclaim that once followed him as does the younger Courtois, and it is hard to imagine a better scenario for the 24-year-old to impress in.
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