Real Madrid hopes for better luck at Sevilla
Seville, Spain (Sports Network) - Real Madrid was dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday against Barcelona and, even with a big La Liga match against Sevilla on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo was more focused on officiating.
"Once again it was the referee that didn't allow us to dictate the outcome. We knew we could beat Barca, but the referee didn't let us," Ronaldo said after a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou put Barca through to the final on aggregate, 3-1.
"The referee in the first match took away our chances of playing the final. Whoever knows anything about football knows that Barcelona get preferential treatment."
Xabi Alsonso also echoed some of Ronaldo's thoughts, which were a prevailing theme during the two-legged semifinal between the Spanish giants, but admitted "the tie is over and we must think about the future."
Real Madrid visits Sevilla on Saturday with little to play for over the final four matches in La Liga, but since Barca has still not officially clinched, it does offer a chance to put a little pressure on the leaders, who play Sunday.
Ronaldo was convinced Real was just as good as Barca, but "they have a lot of help from the referees." After all the complaining from Ronaldo, manager Jose Mourinho and others, Real might be lucky to ever get a call go its way again.
That's certainly something Sevilla wouldn't mind, as it sits in a battle with Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol for La Liga's three spots in the Europa League next season.
Barcelona could actually clinch its third straight La Liga crown with a win or a tie in the derby against Espanyol, if Real loses or ties on Saturday. A Real win or Barca loss keeps the title up for grabs at least one more week.
Third-place Valencia hosts Real Sociedad on Saturday trying to hold onto its three-point lead over fourth-place Villarreal, which will try to rebound from its Europa League semifinal exit against Mallorca on Sunday.
Also Saturday, fifth-place Atletico Madrid hosts Malaga, seventh-place Bilbao hosts Levante, Gijon hosts Deportivo, Hercules hosts Racing and Getafe hosts Almeria. Also Sunday, Real Zaragoza hosts Osasuna.
05/05 18:00:22 ET