Barca maestro believes 2-0 loss is ‘disappointing’.
An uncharacteristic performance from Barcelona last night saw them only manage one shot on target, as they were beaten 2-0 by AC Milan in the Champions League last-16 first-leg at the San Siro.
Strikes from former Portsmouth stars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari ensured the Catalans will now have to score at least two goals at the Nou Camp in the second leg.
Milan were praised for their superb defensive play and Barcelona could simply not break the Italians down. Ballon D’Or winner Leo Messi, failed to find the net in a game he had started for the first time since November.
Despite the disappointing display from Barca, the most successful European team in recent times, midfielder Xavi says his team are not a failure.
“It wouldn’t be a failure; if you try you are never a failure,” Xavi told AS.
“It would be disappointing, yes, but failure is not the right word.”
Barcelona now have a tricky few fixtures coming up, with Sevilla in the league, the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid and of course, the return leg against the Rossoneri. I
“Milan played the perfect match. We weren’t at the races and they worked very well,” said Xavi to AS.
“We’re going to try and turn it around at home whilst knowing it will be very difficult.”
The second leg in Barcelona will take place on Tuesday 12 March.