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Sergi Roberto speaks following bitter El Clasico defeat

A sport between Barcelona and Actual Madrid is certain to lift tensions for both fanbase and on this planet of soccer as properly. Within the final El Clasico, the speaking level was the penalty given to Actual Madrid after a tug on the shirt from Clement Lenglet, this time, it’s one not being given to Barcelona.

Within the first half, Lionel Messi was not given a foul outdoors the field, and the transfer immediately led to a aim from Karim Benzema. Quickly after, the an identical foul was given to Casemiro, which additionally led to a aim from Toni Kroos. The requirements of refereeing within the La Liga proceed to fall season after season.

Greater than that, although, was the truth that Barcelona referred to as for 2 penalties — one on Ousmane Dembele, and later within the sport, one on Martin Braithwaite. Ronald Koeman didn’t recognize it, and was fast to point out his frustration after the sport.

The Dutchman has by no means been one to cover his frustration, and post-game, when talking to the press, lashed out relating to the atrocious VAR system prevalent in Spain: “I’m simply asking for the referee to make choices proper. It was a really clear penalty, I have no idea why there’s VAR in Spain. Everybody thinks it’s prison. The added time was solely 4 minutes.”

He did go on to just accept that Barcelona had been very poor within the first half whereas importing his affordable request: “If we misplaced due to the referee? No, I’m not saying that. I additionally stated that the primary half the extent of the group has not been good, we’ve got left areas. The penalty: the lineman has not seen from 10 meters away. The VAR is there to assist in such conditions.”

Gil Manzano had been noticed carrying goodie luggage with the Actual Madrid emblem on them after the sport in opposition to Villarreal in 2017, which too, was an especially heated affair. Actually makes you suppose.

Supply of quotes: Publish-match interview, by way of @FCBarcelona

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