Robinho: We must attack Barca

Robinho has encouraged his Milan teammates to do more than just defend against Barcelona in the Champions League tonight.

The Rossoneri start the second leg of their Last 16 clash with a 2-0 lead to defend for a place in the quarter-finals.

Their Brazilian forward says they should look to extend their advantage, rather than just maintain it.

“I do not think we should play only to defend, we have quality and the Camp Nou is a big field, and we have to attack as well as defend well,” he told COPE in anticipation of the game.

“When we have the ball we have to play. We have to play to score a goal.

“Barcelona are a great team, but in football anything can happen and to beat Milan is not easy.

“We expect a very strong and difficult atmosphere, although Milan are ready to play a great game.

The forward was asked if the team would play in a similar way to city neighbours Inter, when they eliminated Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals in 2010.

“Inter defended much but Barca were able to score. We have quality to play. We have to play to score a goal.”

Robinho also suggested that Milan have been somewhat underestimated.

“People appreciate more that Barcelona did not play well.”

The 29-year-old’s first experience of European football came with Real Madrid, between 2005 and 2008.

“I gave my all in Madrid, but the managers during my time were not serious or good. But, Spain is a country that is very good for Brazilians to play in.

“Florentino Perez? He was the best President I ever had. I also have great memories of Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, they were very good people.

Robinho was a teammate of Neymar’s at Santos recently and was asked of the possibility that the 21-year-old will arrive in La Liga soon.

“Spain would be a great place for him. When I played with him two years ago he was fine and good to know, he respected his teammates.

“Now it is a different time to when Pele played, there is much media coverage and it appears to be on all sides.”

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