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Wednesday February 27 2013
Barca will eliminate Milan, says Iniesta

Andres Iniesta has insisted that struggling Barcelona will bounce back to knock Milan out of the Champions League.

The Spanish giants lost the first leg of their last 16 tie against the Diavolo 2-0 and were defeated at home by Real Madrid last night in the Copa del Rey.

“We have not done things right to win, that’s for sure,” the international midfielder began at today’s Press conference.

“Whether the players are tired or it is the system, the game against Milan will be like a Cup Final and we must come out from the start as if our lives depend on it.

“I’m confident we can knock them out.

“It is not that we cannot play, it is that we are trying and other circumstances beyond us are in play, like our opponents. It’s a matter of moments, feelings.

“In these two specific games, which were important, the opponent has won. We lacked a little bit extra, but not a precise thing.

“When a team does not work it is a matter of everything. From back to front and front to back. There are opponents who play differently and you have to adapt.

“When we are in a good dynamic, we create more chances. In these two games we missed that. We must recover the ABCs of football because that is what has led us to become the team that we are today.”

Asked about the impact of Coach’s Tito Vilanova’s continued absence as he battles with illness, Iniesta said: “It would be a lie if I said that it did not hurt us, it is natural and logical that not having the figure of our head Coach is not easy.

“These are difficult situations and to the team the figure of the Coach is important. I know that there is all this technology and the Coach has done his best with it to remain in contact.

“His health is the priority though and we trust the coaching staff that are here. We hope that when Tito comes back we still have our comfortable League lead and are still alive in the Champions League.”

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