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This happened thanks to Iniesta's tackle on Ambrosini. Thanks, Iniesta.
To be fair with AC Milan, they did try going forward, at least after the midway point. The difference was obvious: the first time the Italian team had possession in the offensive half during the first period of play was at the 25-minute mark. In the second half, they only took seven minutes to create an offensive play.
However, it is still undeniable that their offensive volume was pretty low. Interestingly enough, the credit doesn’t go to Barcelona’s defense, in this case. Rather, it goes to their offense.
It’s no secret anymore that Barcelona likes to put pressure on the opponent teams’ backs to win the ball in the offensive side. Well, today, they ran that to perfection.
Let’s take a look at the second goal again. Iniesta steals the ball from Ambrosini (who, by the way, stands there and does nothing to recover the ball) and then quickly finds Messi for the finish.
Without the high pressure in the offensive side of the ball, Iniesta never steals that ball, Ambrosini starts a counterattack and AC Milan could change the game.
It’s also important to say that Barcelona only stopped pressuring the AC Milan backs at the 83-minute mark, when Adriano came in for Pedro. Even with the 3-0 lead, they still kept pushing, pushing and pushing. Great call.
The old cliche goes: The best defense is a good offense. Barcelona lived by that rule today.