Barcelona faced Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League on October 5, Wednesday, at the latter’s home ground. The match, however, did not go in favour of Xavi Hernandez’s men as they lost 1-0. Xavi, the Catalans boss, blamed poor refereeing to be the reason behind the loss.
For the unversed, Inter Milan took the lead at the very end of the first half as Hakan Calhanoglu produced a stunner. Barca bounced back in the second half and scored an equaliser only to be ruled out after a pitch review by Slavko Vincic that revealed Ansu Fati was involved in a handball.
To comment further, two handballs went against Blaugrana which, the manager felt would have cost them the match. The humbling fiasco, saw the La Liga giants slip to third place with 3 points in the Group C points table, 6 less than that of toppers Bayern Munich.
If you ask me, I’m outraged: Xavi
Xavi used the word ‘outraged’ to vent his anger and requested the match official to come up with an explanation. Further, the Catalan boss felt that it was an injustice and expressed his inability to hide his spleen.
“If you ask me I’m outraged, the word is outrage because it makes no sense, it’s an injustice. I think it’s an injustice, I just can’t hide it,” said the Barca boss Xavi in the post-match press conference.
Calling out the match referee, Xavi said that he must have attended the press rather than going home. Highlighting the importance of being clear, the boss said that it was fundamental to come up and speak about unjust decisions.
“I think the referee should explain himself. He should come here and explain but he has just gone home. I think that they should speak. It would be important that they spoke to explain their decisions like we do. I think it’s fundamental,” he added further.
Simone Inghazi, the boss of Inter Milan, was happy with the win and compared it to their loss against Roma on Saturday. “It gives us great confidence beating a team of this quality. We really needed it… I was feeling OK because on Saturday (a 2-1 loss to Roma), I saw good things from the team but with errors which in other matches wouldn’t have cost us,” Inghazi said in the presser.