Cesc Fabregas insists Barcelona can still qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League – despite their 2-0 defeat to AC Milan last night.
The La Liga leaders were stunned in the first leg at the San Siro, with goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari – two former Portsmouth players – given the Italian giants an unlikely advantage.
However, Fabregas refused to describe the result as a ‘shock’ post-match, and is confident the Catalan giants can turn things around at the Nou Camp in three weeks time.
"It is not a shock, we know it can happen. But when you look at what this team has done for the past five years then the only thing in your mind is positive. We know we can do it,” the Spain international told Sky Sports.
"So, we do not need to be down from this."
Fabregas did admit that Barca weren’t at their best, with several players ‘at their limit’ as a hectic schedule begins to have an impact.
However, the former Arsenal star didn’t want to use that as an excuse, and believes the second leg in Catalonia could be full of excitement.
"We were not at our best at all. I think we paid a bit physically. We had a few players who were playing at their limit,” added Fabregas.
"We knew that but, still, we should have done better. I think it will be a very exciting second leg."
Things don’t get any easier for Tito Vilanova’s side in the coming weeks, with Sevilla and the Real Madrid next on the agenda in league and Copa del Rey matches respectively.