It was far from a happy return to the Spanish capital for Carlo Ancelotti as he was left frustrated by the performance of the officials in Bayern Munich’s 4-2 defeat to Real Madrid with the Italian confirming he spoke with referee Viktor Kassai.
Arturo Vidal was sent off just five minutes from full-time with the Bavarian side in a fantastic position having taken a 2-1 lead courtesy of Sergio Ramos’ own goal.
Replays would later show that the decision to show Vidal a second yellow was a poor one with the Chilean midfielder clearly taking the ball in his challenge on Lucas Vazquez.
“I will just say that the referee had a bad game, I spoke to him and I said ‘good job’,” he explained.
Bayern Munich’s performance on the night was admirable with the visitors causing Los Blancos many problems and the Italian praised his team’s work.
“I think we raised our game from the first leg and we played well, we deserved more but against Real Madrid it is always difficult,” said the Italian.
“We deserved to lose in the first leg but not tonight.”
Zinedine Zidane’s charges now move onto the semi-final stage with confidence and despite suffering defeat, the class of the former Real Madrid coach shone through as he spoke glowingly about his former club.
“I am very fond of [Real Madrid], I am a supporter of Real Madrid and I wish all the best to Zidane and the whole team,” he noted.
Manuel Neuer’s performances over the two legs were at times superhuman as the German stopper thwarted KarimBenzema & Co. on countless occasions and his heroics were not forgotten by the veteran coach.
“He has done very well, as have the whole team, it isn’t easy to come here and win in 90 minutes and Neuer has played his part,” Ancelotti said.
Whilst there isn’t much argument against the notion that Vidal’s dismissal was incorrect, it must also be pointed out that he was walking a tightrope and could have actually been off sooner for a challenge earlier in the game.
It is all part of the Chilean’s boisterous style but his energy is something that needs to be tempered according to the 57- year-old.
“Of course he has to be calmer but again he didn’t deserve the second card, it was a refereeing error,” he added.
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