Allegri - All to play for
Milan boss in confident mood after first leg stalemate
Last Updated: March 28, 2012 10:43pm
Massimiliano Allegri was delighted to see AC Milan hold Barcelona to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday and keep their UEFA Champions League dream alive.
A clash between two continental heavyweights failed to produce a goal in midweek, meaning qualification for the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition rests on the outcome of a return date at Camp Nou.
Allegri is happy to take that situation, with Milan still very much in the tie.
They know an away goal in Catalunya would tip the balance in their favour and they are confident that they can pick up a positive result on their travels.
"We had a good game, especially in the first half," Allegri told Sky Italia.
"We had a few favourable situations in the first half and a couple in the second. Barcelona also had their chances.
"We are happy and we know that in Barcelona if there is a score draw we will qualify.
"I applaud my players, especially when things weren't going our way.
"It will be difficult to score in Spain, but we know there are two outcomes that will work in our favour."
Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf is also keen to take plenty of positives from the San Siro stalemate, with the veteran Dutchman optimistic regarding the Rossoneri's chances of booking their place in the last four.
"I take it as a compliment that we have got this result, the team had a good game and I think it is a good result," he told Rai Television.
"A goal could be enough in the Nou Camp and we will have more of our players available. If we manage to play well we have chances to progress.
"Barcelona are the strongest team in the world but cycles finish for everyone and we are in form, we have a 50 per cent chance to advance."