Barcelona going through to the semi-finals for the 5th consecutive season for others is not surprising considering the form the Catalans have had in the Champions league especially when playing at home. They possess the game from start to finish and even though once in a while concede at home, they always seem to have the edge against their rivals in the name of a young Argentinean Lionel Messi.
So when Luca Antonini brought Messi down, the whole of Cataluña stood up and roared penalty! Finally the deadlock would be broken. Credit to Messi, in explicit fashion buried the ball behind Abiatti to give Barcelona the lead they sure up to this moment deserved. Valdes for the keeper he is, could not help his team out and before long, AC Milan with a rare chance they got, levelled the scores and from that moment I felt it was game on AC Milan.
Look here, did you see that, didn’t you see? Courtesy theoffisde.com
But woe unto me, all the Chelsea fans and all the AC Milan fans, a dubious penalty I must say, swayed the tie. Questions of UEFA Barca conspiracy got even stronger. Yes the rules say, a tug on an opponent’s shirt is a foul. And to further interpret it, a foul in the box is a penalty. So going by this rule, you and me, should probably expect how many penalties in a normal EPL, Bundesliga, Italian league match? Probably five to ten for the worse and then if all rules were to be interpreted to perfection then teams managed by Jose Mourinho, Tony Pulis, amongst others would have no chance in football right now.
Aiming to drive the point home, a look at Carlos Puyol as a player, he seems to employ the same tactic employed by Nesta yesterday match in, match out. So could getting caught be the only mistake Nesta made? Probably NO. Bosquets for one, never had any chance of impacting play had the corner kick just stood. Puyol on the other hand too, seemed to step in front of Nesta probably causing contact that would easily been a foul. Leaves me with only one option, the inconsistent refereeing by the Dutch man Bjorn Kuipers stole the tie from AC Milan. At 1-1, even the AC players felt, they surely still had a chance of probably adding one before Barcelona equalise and then the draw would be enough to see them through, something that was not to take place on the night. So for the third goal, just don’t ask me, capped off a terrible night for Nesta, gave Iniesta his second of the season in the Champions League and condemned AC to an eternal loss In Spain.
But why could it be that season in, season out, it’s only Barcelona that people seem to complain about. First it was Chelsea, then came Mourinho, then apparently Mourinho again and now AC Milan and tomorrow most likely, who knows, Chelsea gonna bow out (assuming they knock out Benfica) with a bitter taste in the mouth. A few red cards and who knows a ban on Drogba, Di Matteo or even the tough talking Terry would sum up another day in the office for the Catalonia side.
So as Messi and company celebrate, in a flight headed back to Milan is an inconsolable Zlatan Ibrahimovic, having his head phones on, eyes wide open, staring into wide space, probably seeing nothing, fighting tears and holding onto his favourite novel, a cheeky thought creaps his head. Why not team with Mourinho, Drogba and Van Persie and probably write a book on the Barca UEFA conspiracy? But how will he face Persie and Jose, sure they are not the best of friends, but for this cause, maybe,,,,,just maybe.
“The game is not about the man in green. It’s a disgrace. I couldn’t believe he called a penalty when the ball wasn’t in play. It seems like UEFA want a certain two teams in the Champions League final. Now I understand how Mourinho feels every time he comes to Camp Nou”
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic