Bernabeu side go on the defensive.
Real Madrid have asked Uefa to take action against six Barcelona players for ‘premeditated anti-sporting behaviour’. The club have added that the behaviour was part of the Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola’s plan and therefore want action against him too.
Real, who lost the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Bernabéu 2-0 last week, want two-game bans for Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves, Pedro and one-game bans for Seydou Keita, Víctor Valdés and Javier Mascherano.
The Real Madrid assistant coach, Aitor Karanka, will speak to the media on Monday before the return leg against Barcelona, the club have said on their website. (Guardian)
Real Madrid may well struggle to persuade UEFA to ban half a dozen Barcelona players, not least because the Bernabeu boss stated his belief that European football’s governing body may well be colluding with the Catalan club to help them secure footballing domination. Whilst it’s true that the likes of Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves performed countless hideous dives it is not as though Jose Mourinho’s side are totally innocent.
During last week’s first leg Marcelo clearly stamped on Pedro and the likes Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo are perhaps two of the worst offenders when it comes to diving antics. This may well be a clever attempt to further deflect blame for the failure to catch Barcelona in La Liga and the likely Champions League exit at the hands of their arch rivals, away from the club’s under performing players and manager.
Real Madrid were guilty of hitting the self destruct button this weekend as Mourinho elected to drop Cristiano Ronaldo and then lost at home to strugglers Real Zaragoza a defeat that was further compounded by Barcelona’s loss at Real Sociedad.
Should make for an explosive second leg with yellow and red cards aplenty!