Milan moved three points clear at the top of Champions League Group F after a first half header from Andriy Shevchenko gave them a 1-0 win over Barcelona.
The Italian champions can consider themselves fortunate to have maintained their 100 percent record after surviving a second half rally from Barca. However, the visitors were unable to convert their pressure into goals, a fact readily conceded by Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard
“It is obvious that when you create chances you have to take them but I was very pleased with the team’s performance,” said Rijkaard, a former Milan player .
“We haven’t to get worried after this because we played well and we need to remember we were playing away to Milan, who are a pretty strong side,” he added.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said that other than a late spell of pressure from the visitors, his team controlled the match.
“Until then we were fairly in control,” he said.
“I was satisfied with everything tonight, we could have got a second goal with a bit more lucidity.”
But the Milan coach was impressed with the work of Rijkaard: “He is doing a very good job. Barcelona are one of the strongest teams in the world at the moment.”
Milan have a maximum nine points from three games with Barca second in the group, three points behind.