Pique and Roura promise to bring victory for Barcelona against AC Milan
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes playing at home will help his side overcome the 2-0 deficit against AC Milan from the first leg at San Siro. Nonetheless, the center-back understands his team will have to fight hard to turn the tides around.
Three weeks ago, Barcelona came up with an extremely poor display of football in the first leg of the Champions League. The match resulted in a 2-0 defeat leaving Barcelona hanging with just a thread of hope.
“I have a feeling that we can do it,” Gerard Pique said. “I honestly believe that we have the team, the talent and the players to make it to the next round. We're going up against one of the big teams in Europe, AC Milan, who have a long history of winning the Champions League and the Italian league.
“They are a very complicated rival, but we have the Camp Nou on our side and one of the best FC Barcelona teams in club history... This team can do this and much more.”
The former Manchester United defender believes Barcelona will have no problems in scoring goals. The Spaniard pointed out towards his team’s exceptional goal-scoring record in La Liga to suggest Barcelona could smash a couple of goals through AC Milan’s defense.
However, Gerard Pique admitted Barcelona needed to pay attention to their defense. Terrible defending resulted in both goals at San Siro.
A Milan goal would complicate things tremendously,” Gerard Pique added. “Small details will end up deciding the match.”
Barcelona’s assistant coach Jordi Roura, who has been given the responsibility of managing the club in the absence of cancer stricken Tito Vilanova, promises to march Barcelona into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
“We have to have cool heads and not lose our focus at any point in the game,” Jordi Roura said. “Two goals can be scored in a few minutes or over 90... Milan will try to preserve their lead, but our obligation is to attack.”
Jordi Roura will have a full squad to pick his starting line-up from, except for Xavi. The midfield maestro could be left out of the game since he is still recovering from his hamstring injury. Xavi attended training on Friday, therefore there is slightly possibility he will appear.
“His recovery is positive but we'll wait until tomorrow's training session to make a decision,” Jordi Roura concluded.