He insisted: "We might not have shown it the other night, but we do have players with excellent technical ability.
"You look at our senior side, we have some of the best players in the world.
"Gerrard, Lampard, Terry, Ferdinand, Rooney, the list goes on. If they were in the Barcelona squad I'm sure all of them would start.
"Obviously Barca play a different style of football, through their grass roots. Throughout their career, the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta have all been taught to a play a certain way.
"English players have been taught a different way, just like Brazil have been taught a different way.
"But that doesn't mean to say we don't have any technical ability. We have technical ability throughout the squad."