Bojan won't blame ref for draw

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Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic refused to blame the officials for his side`s inability to build a first-leg lead against Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final clash, pointing out that his side must accept responsibility for missing chances.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola said after last night`s goalless draw at the Nou Camp that his players had complained about German referee Wolfgang Stark`s handling of the game. However, Bojan feels the main reason Barca do not have an advantage to defend in the second leg at Stamford Bridge is down to their own failings and not the referee`s.

"If we would have played a little better and we ended up with the goals that we deserved, nobody would be talking about the referee," he said.

The young striker, who missed one of Barca`s best chances when he headed over Petr Cech`s goal from close range late on, added: "The referee can make mistakes, as I did when faced with Cech.

"If we do our jobs better, then the referee should not have any influence on the result."

After a largely frustrating match for the home side, Bojan could have earned Barca a potentially vital lead for the away leg when he got on the end of Dani Alves` superb cross a minute into injury time.

However, despite being just six yards from goal, the 18-year-old could not keep his header down and the opportunity was spurned.

"It was a great goalscoring chance, but I cannot do anything about it now. It`s already gone. Next time I will try to put the ball in," Bojan said.

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