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Gerard Pique admits Barcelona will need a “magical” Champions League night at the Nou Camp to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against AC Milan.
Goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari at the San Siro put Milan in control of the last 16 tie.
“It’s a really bad result. We played badly and can’t make any excuses. We must learn,” said defender Pique.
“We will look to respond on one of those magical nights at the Nou Camp. We will try to win the return game.”
The Spaniards were far from their usual fluent and creative selves as Milan, seven-time winners of the competition, provided a tactical masterclass in the art of containing talents such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
Barcelona, 12 points clear at the top of La Liga, were favourites to progress to the quarter-finals at the expense of a Milan side who are third in Serie A, 11 points behind leaders Juventus.
But victory puts the Rossoneri in a strong position ahead of the return leg on 12 March and gives the Italians a chance of avenging last season’s Champions League quarter-final defeat by Barcelona.
“When they scored the first we lost control,” added Pique. “This is a difficult place to play and Milan are a club with a big history.”
Spain international Iniesta promised it would be a “different story” when the two sides meet in the Catalan capital.—Bbc