AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: We didn’t play well, admits Gerard Pique
AC Milan 2 Barcelona 0: Gerard Pique makes no excuses after his side's Champions League hopes were dealt a blow at San Sir
Gerard Pique made no excuses after Barcelona’s Champions League hopes were dealt a blow by AC Milan at the San Siro.
Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari both netted in the second half to leave Massimiliano Allegri’s side in the driving seat ahead of the return leg at Camp Nou in three weeks’ time.
Barcelona were far from their free-flowing best and defender Pique admits that the La Liga leaders must put the result behind them and move on as quickly as possible.
“It’s a bad result. We didn’t play well. They scored the first and the game got very tight. But this is Barcelona, we have to pull it back,” said Pique.
“We need to learn from this and move on. We knew what we were facing; they turned up talking about being the underdog but they are always tough. We know how good they are.”
Meanwhile, the scorer of the home side’s second goal Muntari was delighted to net his first Champions League strike – but knows that the tie is far from over.
“We listened to our coach, because he has been fantastic in the way he set us up. We were very disciplined on the pitch.
“Last week I was telling my wife I’ve played in the Champions League and never scored so I was very surprised and very happy with the goal and the win for the team.
“Playing in the Nou Camp you can win 5-0 [beforehand] and they can do crazy stuff because it’s Barcelona and they have amazing players, but we will try to do well.”