Former FC Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito (32) took some time to speak to the media following Barcelona’s incredible comeback against AC Milan. The defender was quoted as saying, “it wouldn’t have been fair for Barcelona to have been left eliminated after one bad game in Milan.” The Argentine drew parallels to the situation as well as praising his compatriots, Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
“Barcelona returned to playing at the level that we’re used to seeing them at, with dedication.”
He continued, “it was an important test to overcome. Against Inter, we were not able to comeback and yesterday was a shadow of that year. This team is immense; they’re unique with fantastic players and a winning mentality. Yesterday they played like themselves, they played at an amazing level and when they’re in that form, they’re unstoppable.”
He then focused on his former international teammates and spoke about Mascherano’s performance. “Mascherano had a big game, an extraordinary performance. He’s an important player and vital to this Barcelona because of his tactical intelligence, speed, his skill on the 1v1. His pressing and aggressiveness are also worth noting.”
Following through with Messi, he commented: “It’s fortunate that we can all enjoy Messi. It’s a pleasure; we have to enjoy him. The years will pass but we will always crave to see more of him. He’s the one and only.”
Gabriel Milito signed for Barcelona in 2007 from Real Zaragoza, but spent most of his time either injured or on the bench. He moved back home to Independiente after being released from his contract in 2011, by mutual consent. The following year he retired, claiming to have been exhausted both physically and mentally.
Source: Mundo Deportivo; Image: Miguel Ruiz-FCB