Yup, you don't see it happening, and then it happens. That's the issue with Barca (players and fans alike): when they win, it's like 'of course.' when they don't win, it's like, "it's so unlucky. it's the ref." But here is the problem: I haven't read one single praise from the team re: Milan's defense. It is this attitude that Barca players and fans that I (and many other) cannot ever stand. Coupled with the reputation of diving and cheating and whining when you are not winning, I agree: no class at all.
Why should you give Milan credit for defense, rather than just what people say 'park the bus?" Read this article (in Chinese though, but you can see the pictures and you kind of get what the author is saying):
This is a very deep analysis, and the main take home point is:
1. Milan's pressure starting from Ibra, Robinho, and Seedorf. This makes counter-attack extremely effective. Barcelona almost paid for that at the beginning. Twice.
2. Read Messi's style of playing. They have obviously studied Messi in detail, and noticed something that the majority of us didn't: he tended to run to the left. See pic 13 and pic 14 how Seedorf expected Messi's run, and see pic 15-18 how Ambro/Bonera expected from Messi.
3a. Create 2vs1 or 3vs1 situation. Milan selectively chose situations when they could get the ball from 1 barca player, and they used it both along the sideline and in the central of the field.
3b. Create 2vs1 or 3vs1 situation MULTIPLE TIMES. They look for situations when they do it multiple times, not just one time. See pic. 28-37.
And none of the Barca players gave a single credit to the other team. You will say, 'well why would you give credit?' and you know what, Milan does give credit to the other team who plays better than them.
Which reminds me of the ghost goal in Milan-Juve 1-1 game, in which Milan's Muntari scored a clear goal and ruled no-goal. I can't remember Milan complaining and whining like what Barca did.
If Robinho, Emanuelson, and Ibra has been more decisive, it'll not be a 0-0 game. Barca people clearly forgot that Milan just got as many quality chances (which they fail to convert) as Barca did. That's a fact.
This is not the first time I reacted strongly against Barca. To me, they are truly an arrogant team. Yes, I do not disagree that they play nice and beautiful football, and I'm in awe of their abilities to do so. No question. Hands down. Would I trade Milan's current style of playing with them? No, because Milan has its own brand and style of playing. But if Milan acts like the way Barca does, I'll be ashamed.
What is so unbelievable, though, is that almost all the players in Barca are like that. Like ALL of them. When they fall down, which they will because they are smaller, they'll start complaining to the referee. LIKE EVERYONE of them, including those on the sideline. It's f*cking unbelievable is it? Go search on youtube: [team name] diver, and see what videos come up the most.
And I'll leave you with this. Guess what came up the first one when I searched "Milan diver"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2UC3P6PC2E