UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona—Cristiano Ronaldo Gripes, Too
Add Real Madrid lightning rod Cristiano Ronaldo to those who has his concerns over the officiating of the Real Madrid vs. Barcelona UEFA Champions League semifinal tilt on Wednesday night.
His manager Jose Mourinho has already aired his gripes about how the game was handled by the refereeing crew, now the prolific Portuguese winger Ronaldo has echoed the sentiments that have been making headlines from the Madrid camp.
Ronaldo admitted he has seen a Champions League pattern in pivotal matches that involve Barcelona: their opponents always seem to be reduced to 10 men. He was quoted by The Guardian as saying:
"I do not understand why everyone playing against them (Barcelona) in the Champions League ends with 10 men. Arsenal, Chelsea...
"It is not an excuse but playing against 10 is very different to playing with 11.
"If I had tried to talk to him (Stark) I would have got a yellow card. We are sad in the dressing room because every year is the same.
"I wish I had the chance as Messi did to play against 10 because then everything is so much easier.
"We controlled the game at 11 versus 11 but we conceded two goals when we were down to 10.
"Every year is the same and I do not understand. The truth is that getting through the tie is now very difficult, but in football anything can happen."
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