Ronaldinho Gaucho

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Work still to be done, insists Ronaldinho

Barcelona still have plenty of work to do against AC Milan to reach the final of this year's Champions League, Ronaldinho has insisted.

Barca's Brazilian superstar inspired the Catalan club to a 1-0 first-leg win over their prestigious counterparts last night, a result that has given them a huge advantage ahead of the return leg on home soil at the Nou Camp.

But the world's best player, who brilliantly set up Ludovic Giuly with a deft chip to claim the only goal in the 57th minute, has urged his team-mates to avoid complacency, insisting the tie is far from over.

'We have survived the first 90 minutes,' he said. 'I am very happy because this win means a lot to us. To be able to beat Milan on their own pitch is a very good result and this can only motivate us for the second leg.'

But he added: 'We still have 90 minutes left to play and we must not forget it. We have done our job in Milan and now we must continue to be humble and work in a serious manner in order to do well and win titles.'

And Ronaldinho's warning for his team-mates is fully justified, according to Milan's Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf, who is adamant that his team can overturn the deficit and progress to the final.

'It is a bad result for us,' Seedorf admitted. 'But we must look ahead for there are still 90 minutes left to play and anything can happen.

'We will analyse this game and be prepared to battle in order to reach our second consecutive final. One thing is certain, Barcelona will suffer next week.'


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