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Kaká irked by French draw

Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 13.25CET
Kaká feels AC Milan ought to have come away from France with all three points after being held to a 0-0 draw by tenacious Group H rivals LOSC Lille Métropole.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Félix-Bollaert

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Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 13.25CET

Kaká irked by French draw

Kaká feels AC Milan ought to have come away from France with all three points after being held to a 0-0 draw by tenacious Group H rivals LOSC Lille Métropole.

AC Milan star Kaká feels he and his team-mates ought to have come away from France with all three points after being held to a 0-0 draw by their tenacious Group H rivals LOSC Lille Métropole.

Missed chances
The Brazilian put in a man of the match performance at the Stade Félix-Bollaert, but was as guilty as anyone of spurning goalscoring chances - not least when he rounded Tony Sylva in the first half, only to drift wide and leave the Lille goalkeeper enough time to cover his near post. "I can't be happy with this point because we missed a lot of opportunities that we should have put away," he lamented.

Tactical choices
With Alberto Gilardino operating as a lone striker and Filippo Inzaghi surprisingly left on the bench, much of Milan's attacking burden fell to Kaká and the 24-year-old believes those tactical choices contributed to the stalemate. He said: "I much prefer playing with two strikers rather than just one. When we play that style I always get marked very closely and by the end of the game I had no energy left to create anything."

Lille solidity
Lille will feel they fully deserved their share of the spoils, though, having carved out a number of good chances of their own, and Kaká was quick to praise Claude Puel's youthful outfit. "I'm not surprised they proved to be so solid at the back because we knew all about them coming into the match," he explained. "The very fact they're playing in the UEFA Champions League proves they deserve to be taken seriously."

Qualification prospects
Despite the evening's frustrations, Milan still have plenty of reasons to remain optimistic and their influential playmaker reckons their qualification prospects were aided by a 1-1 result in the group's other encounter between RSC Anderlecht and AEK Athens FC. "That's a good result for us," he added. "It means we stay top and it will ease the pressure when we face those teams later in the competition."

Last updated: 27/09/06 15.38CET

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