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We didn't move the ball with passion
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola refused to blame his side's arduous coach journey to Milan for their disappointing 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the San Siro.

The fallout from Iceland's erupting volcano has grounded practically all European flights, meaning the Spanish champions had to make their way to Italy by road. But after watching his side condemned to their heaviest defeat of his reign, Guardiola said motivation to reach their second successive Champions League final should have been enough for the players.

"I don't want to make excuses," he told Sky Sports. "It was a long trip, that is true, but this is the semi-finals of the Champions League and the desire to reach the final should be important enough. It's okay, though, this happens."

Barcelona started brightly and took the lead after 19 minutes when Pedro turned Maxwell's cross into the net. But Inter hit back with goals from Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito, to give them a healthy advantage to take to Spain in a week's time.

"We started with a goal but we didn't play enough football in the first half," said Guardiola. "We didn't move the ball with passion. We played against a good team under difficult circumstances, but there is one game left and we are going to try."

Guardiola warned Inter Milan that the tie is far from over, with Barcelona set to go in search of the two goals they need to book a final berth in Madrid.

He added: "In Barcelona we'll have one chance. We will try and attack and we will put water on the field, we want the ball to move quicker. We are going to try and we should see a good game."

Lionel Messi struggled to make a positive impact on the game, but Guardiola feels he will be back to his best at Camp Nou.

"We'll invite you to Barcelona and then you will see the real Messi," he said. "Our fans will get behind us and we can do it.

"Today was not our best game and Inter are not a team who let you play easily. I congratulate our opponents and hope we can do better in the second leg."

Pedro criticised the referee's performance. He told AS: "He has not managed things well because he has interrupted much of the game [with free kicks], and that's a shame. It's a shame they scored the last two goals. It will be a tough match and we have to be very focused to get through to the final," he added.
 
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