AC Milan’s head coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted he could only watch and admire “the best team in the world” on Tuesday night as he saw his side’s Champions League ambitions blown away.
Carrying a 2-0 advantage from the first-leg, all of Milan’s hard work going into the second-leg was practically undone in the first-half as two sublime Lionel Messi goals after 39 minutes levelled proceedings.
Barcelona had the momentum going into the second period and continued to dominate proceedings with Milan seemingly powerless to their Spanish opponents.
He told acmilan.com: "We did well in the first leg but Barcelona's potential hasn't changed.
"They're the best team in the world with that trio of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi.
"Milan played a worse game than we did in the first leg and in the first 30 minutes of the match, they didn't allow us to play.
"We made a lot of technical mistakes and then when they slowed down, we had a chance through Niang.
"If Niang had scored that chance we'd be here talking about a completely different result.”
That chance for M’Baye Niang could have been all Milan needed to progress – an away goal would have seen Barca needing to score four and although they did end up scoring four you can never predict what could’ve happened.
We have often seen matches decided by centimetres before and Tuesday night was no different as Niang escaped the clutches of Javier Mascherano only to see his one-on-one chance rebound back off the post.
Despite this, Allegri is trying to remain upbeat about his side’s season.
“Myself and the players have nothing to regret, though,” he continued.
"Barcelona deserved the end result but getting through to the next round would have been a big achievement for us.
"I'm very sad for the players, for the fans and for the club as well."
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