‘Barca have to compete better’

Dani Alves reflected that Barcelona ‘have to be better competitors’, after they lost to Milan on Wednesday evening.

The Catalans struggled to break through an organised back-line at San Siro and now face a 2-0 deficit going into the second leg of this Champions League Last 16 encounter.

“We have to be better competitors. We didn’t play a good game, we didn’t create goalscoring chances and that’s what you have to do to win,” commented Alves afterwards.

“It’s not that we played terribly after the first goal. We didn’t play well in general and that’s largely due to how well our rival played.

“We have to improve. We didn’t react well to the first goal. We have not been completely fine in the overall context of the game.

“Nobody gives you results or ties. We must fight and earn them. To continue in this competition you have to do better.

“This is a difficult result. We have to fight back, go for the return game and work hard.”

The Brazilian was asked about the quality of San Siro’s pitch.

“We review everything and we have to consider what needs to be, but the field will not be reviewed. It hurts our game a lot, because we need good grass to move the ball. The turf was a disaster, but it is no excuse.”

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