AC Milan stun Barcelona with a 2-0 – Pique hails the ‘underdogs’
A valuable lesson was taught to Barcelona by AC Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday night. The Italian side cruised to a 2-0 victory at home; in a match that saw AC Milan create an impregnable wall against Barcelona’s attack.
Massimiliano Allegri and his men secured a famous win over the European football giants Barcelona, who were hot-favorites to enter the quarterfinals stage of the Champions League undefeated.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique made no excuses for his sides’ dismissive performance. The former Manchester United center-back acknowledged Barcelona got played by AC Milan and that a huge dent had been dealt to Barcelona’s Champions League dream.
Kevin-Prince Boateng drew first blood in the 56th minute of the game for AC Milan. Sulley Muntari provided AC Milan with their second goal of the day in 91st minute. Now, the Italian football powerhouse has to prepare for the return leg at Camp Nou, which will take place three weeks from now.
“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 Gerard 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, Sulley Muntari was exuberant after scoring his first Champions League goal. However, the AC Milan midfielder understood that a 2-0 victory at home wasn’t enough to ensure the Rossoneri’s safe passage to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
“We listened to our coach, because he has been fantastic in the way he set us up. We were very disciplined on the pitch,” Sulley Muntari said.
“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.”