Paris Saint-Germain supervisor Unai Emery claimed referee Gianluca Rocchi gave extra selections “in favour of Real Madrid” in his aspect’s Three-1 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat on the Bernabeu, and argued it might have been a special consequence had the officiating been completely different, such was his group’s superiority.
The guests had arguably been the higher aspect for round 83 minutes, when Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 101st purpose within the competitors for Real Madrid to make it 2-1 and set the defending champions on the way in which to victory.
That purpose noticed an obvious foul from the Portuguese within the build-up, and there was an earlier undetected handball within the field from Sergio Ramos, in opposition to a delicate determination on Giovani Di Celso that gave Ronaldo the penalty for his first purpose. Rocchi did nevertheless spare Neymar what would have been a justified second reserving for diving.
Emery nonetheless felt his aspect have been exhausting performed by, as he pointed extra to the choices dictating the final stream of the sport.
“His tendency was to whistle more in favour of Real Madrid,” the PSG coach argued. “We noticed that within the playing cards, the fouls and the penalty. You may give it. It wasn’t [a penalty] for me. The handball for Ramos I didn’t see however they are saying it was a handball and a penalty. It’s not the identical standards.
“The group performed an excellent match with a foul consequence. It’s a Three-1 however that doesn’t mirror what was seen on the pitch. With completely different refereeing, it might have been a special consequence.
“It’s not one player or the ref. We all play a part. There were decisions that clearly damaged us. They scored when we were at our best.”
Real boss Zinedine Zidane in the meantime insisted he was going to say “nothing” concerning the refereeing.
“Nada. I’m not going to speak about that. We should be pleased about what we did in opposition to an excellent opponent. We acquired an excellent consequence. Today. Today.
“Now we know that the return game will be very difficult and we saw that last year. When you play away from home anything can happen. We know how hard it will be but today we’re happy and very proud of everyone.”