Spirit and discipline reasons behind Milan’s win over Barca, Sulley Muntari
Goals from Ghanaians, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari helped AC Milan secure a 2-0 victory over Barcelona at the San Siro on Wednesday night. The Italian underdogs handed in a very disciplined performance against the Champions League favorites, leaving them with the task of recovering from a big setback at Camp Nou in three weeks’ time.
Sulley Muntari hailed the AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri as the man responsible for the victory. In his post-match interview to Sky Sports, Sulley Muntari praised Massimiliano Allegri and the impregnable defense he setup against Barcelona.
“We played as a team, we listened to our coach and he did a fantastic job by putting us very well on the pitch,” Sulley Muntari said. “We were very disciplined and we closed every angle Barca had so they could not penetrate.
“We were very disciplined, Barcelona is a top club in the world - they play fantastic football and have amazing players and if you play without concentration they will harm you and make you suffer but we knew what we were going to face and it went well so we are happy.”
Both teams were goalless at the break, but that was changed in the 56th minute by Kevin-Prince Boateng. Sulley Muntari later scored in 81st minute to ensure AC Milan came up with a memorable victory. The goal happened to be Sulley Muntari’s first goal in the Champions League.
“I was telling my wife that I had never scored before so it came today and it was a surprise, I'm really, really happy for the goal and for the team,” Sulley Muntari added.
AC Milan will travel to Spain to play against Barcelona at their home, Camp Nou on March 6. This second leg will decide which club will qualify for the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League. Sulley Muntari understands that while AC Milan have grabbed an important victory, the battle isn’t over yet.
“It is a lot, but in the Camp Nou it is not easy - you could win four or five but they can do crazy things as this is Barcelona - we have two goals advantage and we will try our best to do well.”
AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati, who had very little to do against Barcelona, reckons it was team spirit that helped his side record a ‘big performance’.
“We made a big performance, we showed a big sacrifice and spirit,” Christian Abbiati told Sky Italia.
“We won a big match against a big team. We knew the ball possession would be with Barcelona, but with the coach we prepared a good match, and thanks to our forwards, who also helped on defense, we gave a good performance. Congratulations to the team.”