Martino: We deserved more

Tata Martino reflected on the belief that Barcelona did enough to merit more than a point at Milan, after ‘lacking intensity’ at the start.

The Catalans fell behind to an early goal from Robinho, before Lionel Messi capitalised on a mistake at the other end soon after.

The result ended 1-1 in Group H of the Champions League, but it left Barca’s Coach ruing what might have been.

“When you think in terms of qualifying for the next round, the result is a good one,” considered Martino post-match.

“Looking at the game, we deserved more. We didn't start well, we lacked intensity in the first 15 minutes and that led to us conceding a goal. Our punishment was too severe.

“Robinho and Kaka made life complicated for us at the beginning. After we drew level we had four or five chances to win it.

“It was similar to what happened against Osasuna – we controlled the game and did enough to win. We had chances and tried to take the three points, but in the end we couldn't.

“It doesn't take away from the efforts of the team – in fact, it puts us in a favourable position. We moved the ball well, while Milan very seldom got forward.

“We committed one error at the start of the match and paid too high a price for that. Now we look ahead to Madrid and the team we will put together.”

Martino was once more asked of the team’s style of play and if it is more direct now.

“Our play hasn’t gotten worse and I don’t think we’ve regressed.

“Against teams that close themselves off at the back it’s easier to score when you recover possession rather than doing short passes which gives your opponent time to reorganise.

“If we improve collectively, individual performances will also improve.

“I have no doubts on the team’s ability to perform. I would have liked to have defeated Osasuna and Milan, but we’re doing well and we’re still growing.”

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