Thursday February 20 2014
Kaka: We can still progress

Ricky Kaka has outlined Milan’s belief that they can overcome a first-leg Champions League deficit to Atletico Madrid.

The Rossoneri were hit with a 1-0 defeat at San Siro in the first leg of their Last 16 meeting with Diego Simeone’s outfit, but their Brazilian forward says that spirits are not broken.

“Of course we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths, because we gave a very good performance, with the right spirit,” began Kaka post-match to UEFA’s official website.

“Unfortunately, we did not manage to score. We created a lot of chances so we are disappointed, but also confident we can still secure qualification in Madrid.

“When I hit the bar in the first half? In that moment, I saw the ball connect really well so I thought it was going in.

“Instead it hit the bar and soon after [Andrea] Poli’s header struck the post as well. If we had scored from one of those occasions, the match would have been different.

“[Thibaut Courtois] is an excellent goalkeeper and Atletico are a very strong team. They are doing extremely well in the Spanish Liga, they are top alongside two extraordinary teams in Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“So they have proved they are a quality side. In my opinion, the qualification is still open, even if I admit it will be very difficult.

“We must win in Madrid, against a great team like Atletico, but looking at our display tonight I think we have a good chance of doing it.”

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