Carlo questions penalty call

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Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea were denied a clear penalty in their Champions League defeat to Man Utd.

Blues boss feels officials denied his side a nailed on spot-kick

Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea were denied a clear penalty in their UEFA Champions League defeat to Manchester United. The Red Devils left Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with a narrow 1-0 lead following the first leg of their quarter-final encounter. Wayne Rooney's solitary strike proved to be the difference between the two sides, handing United the advantage ahead of a return date at Old Trafford next Tuesday. Chelsea, though, believe they should be heading to the North West on level terms after seeing Ramires felled inside the area by Patrice Evra. They were denied a spot-kick by the officials and Ancelotti cut a frustrated figure afterwards, confronting the referee as he left the field. Asked how many penalties the Blues should have had, after Fernando Torres was booked for diving inside the area late on, Ancelotti told Sky Sports: "One. It was clear. It was the foul on Ramires. I didn't see the other one, but that one was a clear penalty."

Belief

Aside from the spot-kick call, Ancelotti was reasonably pleased with the performance of his troops and is confident they can still book a place in the last four of Europe's premier club competition. He added: "The performance was not bad. We had some moments where we weren't able to have good control of the game with possession, in the middle of the first half, but in general the performance was good. "We had chances but it was difficult when we went 1-0 down to come back into the game. They used the counter-attack very well, but we had some chances. We hit the post and should have had a penalty and [Edwin] Van der Sar made a fantastic save from [Fernando] Torres. "We are disappointed but fortunately we still have 90 minutes at Old Trafford. It will not be easy, but last season at the same moment we needed to win there and we won the title. "I have to believe. We believe we can win there."

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