Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti criticized Barcelona over the club’s complaints against refereeing in the Spanish Championship.
Culé coach, Xavi stated that the league was “completely adulterated” by Real’s influence over refereeing, while Barça president Joan Laporta accused the capital club of putting pressure on referees. “It’s a shame,” said the director in an interview with broadcaster Rac1.
– I am a professional and, as a professional, I don’t want to go down to this level out of respect for Spanish football. So don’t ask me any more about this. I don’t want to go down, it’s not a professional level – declared Ancelotti in a press conference on the eve of the classic against Atlético de Madrid.
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Before the 23rd round of the Spanish Championship, Real Madrid is the leader with 57 points, ten ahead of Atlético and Barcelona (3rd and 4th), who are also behind Girona (2nd with 55 points).
Ancelotti is expected to have many absences in defense for the classic, as in addition to the well-known Éder Militão and David Alaba, Antonio Rüdiger, who suffered a knock in the match against Getafe, may not be able to face the colchoneros.