Why Milan's masterclass was a blast from the pasta

AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri received a vote of confidence from a WAG this week.

But bottle-blonde Barbara Berlusconi is not only Alexandre Pato's girlfriend.

The 26-year-old also happens to be the daughter of the club's president and a Milan director.

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On Wednesday, Italian prosecutors called for Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned as Italian prime minister last year over a sex scandal, to be jailed for five years for bribing his British tax advisor.

Yet hours later at the San Siro, after Barbara's inspiring words, it was a return to the old days of la dolce vita for the family business.

There was devil in the Diavolo again as they strutted around as if on a Milanese catwalk.

After the luxury of the Emirates Stadium, going to any Italian ground nowadays - even the Cathedral of the San Siro - is like going back in time.

But before Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour, Berlusconi was the richest man in European football.

A banner in the Curva Sud unveiled before kick-off for the Rossoneri read: Two colours, seven Champions League.

But since gaining revenge on Liverpool in the 2007 final, Milan had failed to beat English sides in seven matches and been knocked at this stage of the Champions League three times.

They have definitely been more Fiat Panda than Ferrari with their only victories in the competition in the last 28 months against Auxerre (twice), Viktoria Plzen and BATE Borisov.

They ended their hoodoo against the Premier League with the help of two players who never settled in England.

Kevin-Prince Boateng's previous biggest impact on English football was knocking Germany captain Michael Ballack out of the World Cup with a late tackle in the 2010 FA Cup final.

But the 24-year-old lashed home a stunning goal after only 15 minutes and left Alex Song chasing shadows behind the Milan forwards.

Robinho spent more time in Manchester moaning then scoring.

With snow still lying in northern Italy and temperatures dropping well below freezing on the night, the Samba star is not in Milan for the weather either.

But his two finishes either side of the break were red-hot.

The Serie A champions' evening had started well with Juventus failing to overtake them at the top of the table after drawing at Parma.

And after his WAG Melissa Satta revealed how his injuries were caused by excessive nocturnal activity , Boateng no doubt finished the night with a smile on his face as well.

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