Pique on Barcelona's win and Messi's form

The former Manchester United defender was left with mixed feelings after the Blaugrana's 3-1 win over Milan last night.

Gerard Pique thought Barcelona ‘played well’ after they beat Milan 3-1 on Wednesday, but admitted that they could ‘do better’.

The Catalans recorded a 3-1 win at the Camp Nou to secure passage to the Last 16 of the Champions League, but their Italian opponents enjoyed a share of the ball and the chances, particularly in the second half.

“We played well, and created lots of opportunities,” Pique, who scored an own goal in the encounter, told UEFA’s official website.

“I think Milan only had perhaps one shot on target. You could say we deserved a little more luck with some of our chances but in general lines we are definitely improving - the only thing is that we are Barcelona and we can clearly play still better than this.

“However, we are definitely going in the right direction. The tempo of the play is increasing as the season develops.

“We had a new Coach and step by step he's teaching us more about precisely what he demands of us and we are both taking hold of and applying his concepts. You can see that in our play.”

Lionel Messi broke a run of four games without a goal as he netted the Blaugrana’s first and third.

“I almost think he has given us so much, over so many years that maybe there's not so much left to say even after a game like this.

“Even while he's closing in on the all-time Champions League record for goals. Maybe the idea is just to enjoy him for all the time we have him here.

“The more he brings to the party the more welcome it will be from all of us. Let me tell you when you have the best player ever in your team, it's great!”

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