Bitter Alonso blames officials
Real midfielder unhappy at semi-final exit
By Rob Parrish - Follow me on Twitter @skysportsrobp. Last Updated: May 3, 2011 11:20pm
Xabi Alonso laid the blame for Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League exit firmly at the door of the match officials after their defeat by Barcelona.
Barca booked their place in the final at Wembley on 28th May with a 3-1 aggregate success after a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in the second leg, with Pedro's opener in the 54th minute cancelled out by Marcelo for Real soon after.
The visitors had put the ball in the net moments after the interval, only for Gonzalo Higuain's effort to be ruled out as referee Frank De Bleeckere penalised Cristiano Ronaldo for a foul on Javier Mascherano in the build-up.
Alonso felt that was a turning point on the night and took up the conspiracy theory theme favoured by manager Jose Mourinho, who did not even attend the match due to his touchline and dressing room ban.
Alonso told Sky Sports: "We had a really bad result and today when we scored the first goal through Higuain it would have been totally different.
"It would have changed everything, our position would have been much stronger and denying that goal after scoring, it was much more difficult and we are really disappointed with that.
"We feel that so many bad decisions have been taken against us and we are not happy with that."
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"We feel that so many bad decisions have been taken against us and we are not happy with that.
"It has been a big difference and most of the time against us."
When asked if Real had simply got their tactics wrong in the first leg, when their negative approach was punished in devastating fashion by Lionel Messi, Alonso preferred to point to the red card handed out to Pepe.
"No, I don't think so," he responded. "Until the sending off we were doing really well, not having a lot of chances but the game looked as though it would have finished 0-0.
"With that 0-0 we would have gone through with tonight's performance and result. We feel we have done a good job but some decisions went against us.
"We really feel that way because the way we were playing we were controlling most of the game. That result was key for us."