I never, even for a second, thought this game was going to be easy. I always knew they were going to put in a fight. Harder games like this are expected especially at this stage of the competition, but our team has always been known to put in a fight no matter what. The tie has two legs for a reason, because it’s never meant to be won or lost in the first leg only. Napoli and even Milan to some extent will testify that winning the first doesn’t necessarily mean that you are through. What the first leg does is to help you learn your opponent and draft a serious and possibly flawless plan going in to the second and final leg.
We are in the middle of this tie now and very far from finishing it. Our defense will need to come out and display an even better performance, our midfield will have to be more creative and the guys leading from the front will have to finish better for us to go through. We have one more advantage going into any game and that is the fact that we are the Champions, and I’m happy that we played exactly like that in this game.
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We face Athletic Bilbao in our next Liga round on Saturday and the team needs to keep the fighting spirit alive because who knows, maybe we still have a shot at a treble. Bilbao will be a tough fixture for us and Milan next Tuesday will be even tougher. We need to remain stronger and calmer in the next few weeks or months and take it a game at a time in order to be victorious in the end.