Thursday 14 December 2017

Ancelotti rages over 'penalty'

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was adamant that his team should have been given a penalty in the dying minutes of last night's 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Manchester United.

The Chelsea manager was unhappy that Patrice Evra's clumsy challenge on Ramires was not punished with a spot-kick, although United counterpart Alex Ferguson claimed that it was about time his team got some luck at Stamford Bridge.

"It was a penalty and he needed to whistle," Ancelotti fumed about the tackle on Ramires. "It was clear to everyone. ... But I understand it's not easy to give a penalty in the last minute of the game."

Ferguson, unsurprisingly, was of a different opinion, although it appeared as though a foul was committed inside the box.

"From where I was standing it looked a 50-50 (situation)," the Scot said. "If it was (a penalty), it's the first decision we've got in seven years. I won't feel guilty about that."

Chelsea's Spanish striker Fernando Torres was then booked by referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco for diving to complete a miserable night for the misfiring former Liverpool star.

"Keeping a clean sheet was important, but counterattacking was part of the game plan," Ferguson added.

"Rooney is in great form obviously and he has given us a great chance of reaching the semi.

"He was absolutely superb and showed his courage tonight," added Ferguson.

Rooney's appeal against the length of his two-match ban for swearing at a television camera during last weekend's 4-2 league win over West Ham will be heard today.

"We lost the game and we have left ourselves a mountain to climb but we have to do it," said Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

"I think we created chances and that was the key.

"They had their first chance and scored and we had some but we didn't score, and that's the difference."

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