Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso: The Relationship With Some Barcelona Players Is Broken

The Spain international is angry at the lack of decisions that went the way of him and his teammates, suggesting that their arch rivals only progressed due to bad refereeing

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has hit out at the officials for the part they played in helping Barcelona reach the Champions League final for the second time in three years.

Tuesday’s match finished 1-1 at the Camp Nou thanks to goals from Pedro and Marcelo respectively, while Barcelona progressed with an aggregate score of 3-1, thanks to the 2-0 victory in the first-leg.

The match wasn’t quite as controversial as last Wednesday’s encounter, but that is not to say there were no talking points, with Real Madrid being unhappy with a decision to rule out a goal, and the Blancos themselves lucky to finish with 11 men on the field, something of a rarity against Barcelona this season.

The moment that had Real Madrid particularly wound up was the decision to disallow a Gonzalo Higuain goal, minutes into the second half.

For the incident, Cristiano Ronaldo charged through the centre before laying the ball off to his left. While doing so, he was impeded by Gerard Pique resulting in the Portugal international tumbling to the floor, and in the process, appeared to clip Javier Mascherano’s heel, who then fell to the ground.

Television replays suggest the Argentine made the most of the contact as he could tell he was in trouble due to his poor positioning in relation to Higuain, who subsequently went on to curl the ball past Victor Valdes.

Xabi Alonso is particular was less than impressed, and speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he said: “Had Higuain’s goal counted, it would have been totally different. We feel so many bad decisions have been made against us and we are not happy with that.

“It would have changed everything because it was just three minutes into the second half and it would have made our position much stronger and denying that goal was made even more difficult after they scored. We feel it really would have made a difference."

The World Cup winner continued to blame the match officials for his side’s elimination, believing that the refereeing in both legs was without doubt the deciding factor in the tie.

He continued: “They have definitely been a big difference, and most of the time, against us."

Despite many believing Real Madrid have a point in their apparent lack of decisions, others have also pointed out they were beaten by the better team, and that the Whites attempted to play against them in the wrong manner, however Alonso firmly believes tactics had nothing to do with the loss.

"Until the sending off we were doing really well,” he added. 

“Not having a lot of chances, but the game looked like it might finish 0-0 and we would have gone through with tonight’s performance as well as the result. We feel we have done a good job, but some of the decisions went against us.”

Some have even called Real Madrid 'bad losers' as they see them as incapable of being gracious in defeat, however, the former Liverpool man has also rubbished those suggestions as he pointed the finger, once again, at the officials.

"It can sound that way," he said. “But we really feel that way because they way we were playing we controlled most of the games and of course in the first game that result wasn’t good for us.”

Another overriding theme of the tie was the racist abuse that Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo alleged against Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, with the club this week publishing video evidence of the confrontation.

"The relationship with some Barcelona players is broken," he said.

"There is not much to be said. It is all quite clear. I don’t know [how upset he is]. You will have to ask him."

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