The quarterfinals of the Champions League will have three Spanish teams. Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Villarreal have certified their presence in the next round of the highest continental competition in a dream week. The task was not easy: the whites came into the second leg with a disadvantage, and both the rojiblancos and the Submarino had to win away from home to qualify.
What seemed like a utopia after the first legthe full rankings, this Wednesday became a reality after Villarreal’s thrashing at Juventus Stadium. Last week, Real Madrid had led the way with an epic comeback in half an hour that fully entered Madrid history, and This Tuesday Atlético de Madrid prevailed at Old Trafford against its black beast: Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, these seven days of great victories have not been without controversy. The first and, perhaps, the largest in terms of impact and consequences took place at the Santiago Bernabéu. Paris Saint-Germain reached the 60th minute of the second leg with a 2-0 lead on aggregate. An error by Donnarumma, who gave the ball away after pressure from Benzema, was the fuse that lit the flame of the Madrid comeback.
Al Khelaïfi goes for the referee
The Parisians claimed a foul, the referee did not grant it and Benzema’s own goal was the beginning of the end for PSG. After the game, Al Khelaïfi messed it up. The president of the French club lost his temper after the final whistle and came down from the box hitting and screaming until they reached the dressing room of Danny Makkelie, referee of the match. “They displayed aggressive behavior and attempted to enter the referees’ locker room. When the referee asked them to leave, they blocked the door and the president deliberately hit the pennant of one of the attendees, breaking it.“, Said the arbitration record.
An incident that was recorded by a Real Madrid employee, who was threatened by the Qatari president. “I’ll kill you“, he told him. Benzema’s goal and the foul claimed by the Parisians made some leaders lose their heads who saw how, once again, their megaproject was left out of the fight for the title that obsesses them. The incident could cost Al Khelaïfi to stay disabled for one or two monthsin addition to a significant economic fine.
Rangnick also calls for a foul
This Tuesday, Renan Lodi gave Atlético de Madrid the victory with a solitary goal at Old Trafford, enough to reach the quarterfinals. This goal was not without controversy either. since, like PSG, the English claimed a foul on the play, although in a much more respectful way. “It was a foul on one of our players, the referee didn’t see it that way. We shouldn’t have gone to the break losing“Rangnick protested at a press conference.
The ‘red devils’ coach not only charged against the referee, but also against his rival’s way of playing. “In the second half I don’t know if two minutes were played without any Atlético player on the ground. There were some curious decisions of the referee. For ten years they have played like this, it is the way they play. Atlético plays in the Champions League with that style of football and it’s not that easy“, assured the German.
Allegri gets angry with Emery’s approach
Villarreal has not been spared from rival complaints either. The Submarine knew how to suffer in the first partkeeping at bay the onslaught of Juventus with Dusan Vlahovic in the lead to end up thrashing their rival in a historic second half. It all started with a penalty on Capoué converted by Gerard Moreno. “It was decisive”assured the Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“Controversies are useless, you have to accept that, in football, things sometimes go wrong,” he explained. However, he left a message to Emery for his approach to the game. “Villarreal went behind in the second half. I congratulate Emery for the great game. Villarreal was not even looking for a counterattack, they locked themselves behind. They wanted to go to extra time and we didn’t manage the 0-1 well“, he protested. The classifications of the Spanish teams have raised blisters.