Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Dani Alves have promised fans an improved performance in the second leg against Milan after their shock Champions League defeat at the San Siro.
The 2-0 defeat gives the favored Catalans an uphill task to qualify for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, knowing that an away goal from Milan would require four from themselves.
Puyol seemed particularly bullish about his side's hopes, citing that the home crowd will give them a boost in the second leg.
“It’s time to mount a comeback in front of our fans,” the captain told the club's official website. “They were more aggressive, we have to improve in the return leg. We have to have confidence in this team, we can’t give up. We’re going to play at home in front of our fans, we aren’t going to give up.”
Fabregas spoke more about the physical aspects of the game, and admitted that Milan was far superior in that department.
“We weren’t on our game physically, they were strong and it hurt us. We’re Barca and we have to play at the highest level, we simply didn’t play a good match," Fabregas said.
Alves was equally frustrated with the outcome of the game, but was quick to compliment Milan's efforts.
“It’s not that we played terribly after the first goal. We didn’t play well in general and that’s largely due to how well our rival played. We have to improve," Alves said. “This is a difficult result. We have to fight back, go for the return game and work hard.”