Thursday, February 21, 2008

Arsenal vs Milan: Post Match Analysis

Milan held Arsenal to a goalless draw on last night's encounter. The two met for the first leg of Champions League quarterfinal at Emirates Stadium in a highly entertaining game.

The scoreline doesn't really tell how the match goes. It was Arsenal who had 57% of the possession with Milan sitting back and trying to counter attack. Arsenal also had more shots on goal than Milan. From seventeen tries, six were on target compare to Milan who had eight tries with only two shots on goal. These missed shots left Arsene Wenger feeling sorry. "I think we had a great game and had many chances. Unfortunately none of them became a goal. But we didn't concede anything so this is a advantage for us towards the second leg.", said the Arsenal's manager. Wenger also confirmed that Milan is a great side and his squad was a little bit nervous to face the reigning european and world champions.

Aside from Wenger's disappointment, Ancelloti is really happy of the result. "I think we can still go through to the next stage even if we lose the first leg. It is important to know that we can always do it", said Ancelotti before the game. He said this comment remembering his side's triumph over Manchester United at last year's Champions League quarterfinal. Milan were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford, but then won 3-0 at San Siro which made them went through to the semifinal. The fact is a draw for Milan is a good result and make them confidence of progressing through because the return leg will be played at San Siro next week.

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