Wednesday February 20 2013
Pique: No excuses for defeat

Gerard Pique has reflected that Barcelona have ‘no excuses’ for falling to defeat to Milan on Wednesday evening.

The Spanish fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 clash at San Siro, thanks to goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari.

There were protests from Barcelona, and Pique was booked, over the award of the first goal as Cristian Zapata accidentally handled the ball in the build-up.

However, for the defender it is not a point of focus in the defeat.

“There are no excuses, neither for the pitch nor the referee,” Pique told reporters immediately after the game.

“The result is very bad. We have to improve and learn from tonight. When they scored the first we lost control.

“This is a difficult place to play and Milan are a club with a big history.

“We will obviously try to win the return game. We will look to respond on one of those magical nights at the Camp Nou.”

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