The Barcelona coach asked the judge for the penalty he was not given at the end of the match against Manchester United in the Europa League.
Not happy. Barcelona and Manchester United put on a great game in the Europa League playoffs, drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou. Beyond the annotations, the referee Moritz Mariani A controversial action made him one of the protagonists. In the closing minutes of the signing, a hand was recorded by midfielder Fred, but the judge didn’t decide to award the penalty and the manager’s anger was unleashed Xavi Hernandez.
As soon as the game was over, the strategist approached him to reproach him. Not satisfied with this, he also showed his discomfort at a press conference and hit the referee.
“It’s a penalty like a cathedral, how will you feel? We weren’t given it in Milan in the Champions League, and not here either. I don’t know what to do about a hand penalty. It seems unbelievable to me. He told me they checked him out,” lamented the former footballer.
This was the controversial penalty not awarded against Barcelona
On the other hand, the Spanish coach recognized the good level of the team led by Erik ten Hag and considered the confrontation very even.
“A very balanced match, we played against a great team, very hardworking, very physical, who fought very well. We dominated in many phases of the game, there were chances for both of us and we felt like we could score the winner. I said yesterday that Old Trafford will be decided and it will be. Spectacular attitude. Nullkampf and Manchester are trying to pass,” he noted.
When is Barcelona vs Manchester United second leg?
The Barcelona vs. Manchester United return commitment takes place next Thursday, February 23. The duel starts at 3:00 p.m. (Peruvian time) and takes place in the legendary Old Trafford Stadium.