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Friday 23 March 2018

Neil Lennon: We were the better team and should have beaten Milan

Ronnie Esplin

Neil Lennon remains resolute in his Champions League aspirations despite watching his luckless side lose 2-0 to AC Milan in their Champions League Group H opener at the San Siro.

The struggling home side got a huge slice of fortune when defender Cristian Zapata's drive in the 82nd minute appeared to be heading wide before it deflected off Parkhead left-back Emilio Izaguirre and ended up behind Fraser Forster.

The Hoops goalkeeper was beaten again four minutes later despite making a great save from Mario Balotelli's free-kick, as midfielder Sulley Muntari knocked in the rebound.

The Hoops boss, who guided the Scottish champions to a last-16 spot last season, said: "I am bitterly disappointed because for long periods of the game we were the better team.

"To come away from the San Siro, (disappointed) not to have picked up a point or three points, is a mark of how well we have developed and how well we played tonight.

"We have Barcelona next and they are a different animal. But we are here to qualify and nothing changes my view after that performance.

"You have to take the chances when you are on top but unfortunately we didn't get the break of the ball and they did with the deflection with the first goal.

"But I think the scoreline flattered Milan, I don't think there was two goals between the teams.

"We dominated from 20 minutes on in the first-half, until 10 minutes from end of second-half.

"Apart from the Muntari chance, my goalkeeper had nothing to do the second-half, we restricted them to long-range shots and we played really good football.

"There was no failures. We didn't hang on, there wasn't wave after wave of attacks, we took the game to Milan and we surprised a lot of people tonight.

"I thought we were the better team playing the better football.

"We had really good chances tonight and that will be one regret going away from here."

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