PSV Eindhoven coach Guus Hiddink was left frustrated after his side suffered a 2-0 defeat to Milan in the opening leg of their Champions League semi-final.
European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko had given the Italian side the lead but it was a goal in the last minute from Dane Jon Dahl Tomasson that could prove crucial.
“At 1-0 it would be more possible but now it is difficult,” said Hiddink.
“But the lads were saying in the dressing room that next week we are not going to surrender.
“There were large parts of the second half where we were so dominant and, of course, if you have such control than it is very frustrating to get a result like this,” he added.
“It is one thing if you are simply blown away by a major powerhouse but if you are superior like we were after the break it is frustrating,” he added.
“We showed we can play and play against the best. Then right at the end, when they were not playing well because of all our domination, they scored at the vital moment. We were so close.
“I’m proud of the boys for what they produced against a club with over five times our budget but you always like to win,” Hiddink said.
The Dutch coach admitted that the result could have been more favourable had his team taken some of their clearcut chances.
“It’s not easy to come here against one of the best organised defences in the world and create six good chances. But when you do that you have to score at least one.
“That was probably the difference — they took their chances, they were deadly inside the box,” he said.