On his view of the game...
"Well, the thoughts are that we played the game we wanted to play and overall we were playing at a high tempo for 90 minutes, we have given a lot. The positives are that we have put them under pressure for nearly a big part in the game, and for the whole 45 minutes in the second half, and that we didn't concede a goal."

On spurned chances...
"I felt that we didn't take advantage of the chances we created because we were a bit forceful, a bit nervous in the final third, with our final ball in our finishing situations. As well Milan defended with a lot of experience, and they adapted to the situation, thinking 'tonight we will be under pressure and we will have to defend well' - and that is what they did. I feel we had plenty of chances, good headers, Eboue had chances, but overall we were a bit nervous and when we had shots we always didn't test the keeper enough, because most of our shots were in the middle of the goal where the keeper did not have a real problem, maybe because we wanted to hit it too hard. But overall we played a fantastic game. It's a shame that a game like that doesn't get a goal, because on a night where everything goes for you I think it finishes 3-2."

On the response to Saturday's FA Cup defeat...
"The spirit was fantastic. You could see on Saturday that the mind was already on this game tonight and we were not affected, we were just wanted maybe to force the decision too much, and we were not relaxed enough in the final third."

On the second leg...
"That promises to be a very interesting game in the second leg. Unfortunately we cannot transfer our pitch to the San Siro, so the pitch will certainly not be of the quality we had tonight. I hope the game will not suffer from it so much because I feel we can play at a high tempo for 90 minutes and because I feel that they will have to come out anyway in the second leg. Also because tonight they didn't create any chances and defensively we were very good."

On feeling positve about the return tie...
"Yes, because overall with the experience I have I can say that 0-0 at home is not a bad result. Of course I didn't dream of a 0-0, frankly, but overall not to concede a goal is not a bad result at home."

 

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