BARCELONA – Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet on Saturday in Valdebebas in a Classic that can mark the outcome of the League, with Atlético de Madrid as the third protagonist, and five days after the match the atmosphere in Spanish football is already installed in the controversy. The victory of Barça against Valladolid was not only protested by the Pucelano club, but around the Bernabéu it came to be considered “a scandal” for which an arbitration very favorable to the Barça club was understood.
“I’m sure this referee will be in a game over the weekend as a reward after today,” former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos posted on his twitter account in a reaction that multiplied considering that Barça had a favorable treatment from him. by Jaime Latre, not pointing to a Jordi Alba penalty or expelling Óscar Plano, who set social networks on fire.
If the journalistic gatherings were focused on what not a few journalists close to the merengue club described as “a robbery” and a “warning of what awaits Madrid in the Classic”, not even the political class was left out of it, when the Valladolid’s own mayor, Óscar Puente, exploded with irony stating that “I think the referee should have entered the Barça dressing room to scold them. They almost did not win”, while Ronald Koeman, acknowledging having been “lucky”, was hopeful in That all the controversy that may arise does not condition the refereeing next Saturday: “There was a moment in the season that we deserved different decisions from the referees. I don’t think moments from today’s game can influence it. “
However, from Barcelona it was alerted that during Monday’s game there were other plays to take into account in the overall performance of the referee, such as an attack on Antoine Griezmann that was not considered or a possible penalty against Sergiño Dest that was also left without penalty … All this without forgetting old controversies that during the season favored Real Madrid.
Whether it was remembering the Classic of the first round or victories of the merengue team against Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Granada or Eibar that were not exempt from very debatable plays in favor of Zidane’s team and that, it is affirmed from the Barça environment, is not they remember at this moment when they could have influenced, and not little, in the classification.