Mathieu Flamini took the pressure off teammate M’Baye Niang for his Nou Camp miss. “Perhaps we were a little nervous at the start.”
Milan saw their 2-0 first leg lead wiped out by a 4-0 defeat in Barcelona, but Niang hit the upright when only 1-0 down.
“We can’t put all the blame on Niang. If he had scored, it would’ve been a different game, but this is football and you only get one chance,” said Flamini.
“Barcelona had a great performance, showed all their quality and are among the best teams in the world.
“We tried to play, but it was so difficult for us today. Perhaps we were a little nervous at the start, as we gave the ball away many times and didn’t play the way we usually do.
“Barcelona pressed high up the field and it was tough for us to emerge. They played very quick passing too and deserve to be complimented.”
Flamini is one of the most experienced players in the current Milan squad, who have completely revamped this season.
“There is bound to be a psychological blow-back after a game like this, which is difficult to forget. Now we have to put it behind us and stay concentrated on Serie A.”