Ancelotti confident despite defeat | World Soccer

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is still confident his side can reach the Champions League final despite a 1-0 defeat by Barcelona in their semi-final first leg at the San Siro on Tuesday.

Frenchman Ludovic Giuly’s strike in the 57th minute gave the Spanish side the advantage for next week’s second leg at the Nou Camp.

“It is not a good result but I think we still have a good chance to win at Barcelona,” said Ancelotti.

“We don’t need a miracle but we will need an extraordinary performance to get through,” he added.

“For what we created and for how we played, I think the result was harsh on us. I hope we get repaid in the second leg.

“Barcelona have improved their chances of getting through but this is not a decisive result.

Ancelotti attributed his team’s defeat to their inability to take several good chances on the night.

“We paid for our lack of precision in front of goal with the chances that we made. We did well to create some opportunities but we couldn’t put them away,” said Ancelotti.

Milan were without forward Filippo Inzaghi, but Ancelotti refused to lay the blame at the feet of his replacement Alberto Gilardino.

“All the players produced a good game, we had some difficulties as you do against a top side but everyone gave their all.”

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