Posted on April 30, 2007
Milan midfielder Kaka admits that they were frightened of Manchester United’s onslaught during the second half, and paid for it dearly. The Brazilian called for a repeat of the first half display instead.
“The game at Old Trafford was a real spectacle and I’m convinced the second leg will be another amazing game, perhaps even more amazing than the first match,” Kaka wrote on uefa.com.
“We left Old Trafford a little bit disappointed on Tuesday night but not with our heads down at all. I only say we were sad because of the late goal we conceded.”
He was quick to commend Rooney’s goal, though: “I don’t want to take anything away from the quality of United’s play, and Rooney’s goal, though. It was an incredibly good finish.
“If the match had finished 2-2, I still feel we would have a mountain to climb, although those away goals are very important.”
He also called for a repeat of the first half, as opposed to what he believes was a “frightened” second half display.
“We can beat Manchester United if we play like we did in the first half at the Old Trafford, with character, personality and confidence,” he said.
“It’s too bad that we were lacking this in the second half. We were a bit frightened and that hurt us.
“But losing the first leg is not the end of the world and I believe we stand a great chance of turning the tie around at the San Siro.”
The Brazilian playmaker also stressed on the impact the fans could have on the match, just like they did at Old Trafford last week.
“I was hugely impressed by the atmosphere inside Old Trafford,” he admitted. “Even at half-time when they were losing 2-1 the United fans were still singing and getting behind their team.
“I’m sure our fans will show the same kind of spirit. We haven’t enjoyed a great season but the fans have been brilliant and have been by our side throughout.
“It will be difficult, but we can do it.”