"I am only disappointed Pato did so well tonight against my team!" grinned Kaka on Sky Italia television. "But he is a great striker and it's unfair to put so much pressure on his shoulders. He will soon show what he can do."
This was the first time Kaka was facing his former teammates and was on the losing side as Real Madrid fell 3-2 at home.
"After six years at Milan I know this team always comes out in the decisive moments of the Champions League. They have this grit and determination. However, Leonardo surprised us with the way he fielded a very attacking and aggressive side.
"It was a game with many emotions, facing my former teammates and old club. We expected a victory to relax in the group, but didn't manage it and I hope we can soon get back on track to end the group phase positively. What we are missing right now is a precise identity and way of moving together as a unit. It isn't easy to form a squad from a group of talented players, but we're working on it."
At half-time Kaka hugged Coach Leonardo on the touchline. "We just embraced and said hello, wishing each other luck, the usual things. I exchanged one shirt with Pippo [Inzaghi] and the other with [Massimo] Ambrosini."