AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has said that one of the reasons for his club exiting the Champions League at the quarter-final stage was the lack of clinical finishing against Barcelona. AC Milan were up against a tough fixture in the form of Barcelona, but they managed the first leg against the Spanish opponents quite admirably.

The 0-0 first leg result had given the impetus to AC Milan to win the tie in the second leg because an away goal would have given them incredible advantage in the match. Speaking after the first leg encounter between the two clubs, Clarence Seedorf said that he was extremely satisfied with the 0-0 draw, but felt that AC Milan could have done much better if they had clinical finishing.

Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the best chances for AC Milan, but they both failed to convert their chances. Stubborn defending from AC Milan saw them not concede a goal against Barcelona for the first time in three years in the Champions League. Due to the importance of away goals in the Champions League, AC Milan will be looking to qualify for the semifinals with an away goal at the Camp Nou.

However, Seedorf stated that it is going to be extremely difficult to press for the whole 90 min against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. because of the loss, the latest Betfair football odds make Barcelona firm favourites to win the whole competition.

“We’re satisfied with the result even if we have to be more clinical in front of goal. We had three big chances and that could make the difference. It’s a good result that leaves qualification open. We’ll need courage, quality and tactical awareness in the return. You can’t press for 90 minutes, but we did well and Barcelona respect us,” Seedorf said on the Betfair football online website. The second leg will be on April 3 at the Camp Nou.