Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was left fuming after his side went down 2-0 to Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.
The home side were forced to play the final half an hour with 10 men after Pepe was dismissed for a late challenge on Dani Alves, although replays suggested the decision was harsh.
Mourinho was also sent to the stands for remonstrating with referee Wolfgang Stark and was left angered by the decisions of the match official.
“Another miracle with 10 men wasn’t possible,” said Mourinho.
“Yes, I think we are eliminated. We will go to Camp Nou with everything and to get a result but I can’t see it.
“We will be without Pepe and (Sergio) Ramos who didn’t do anything and neither did I.
“I just want to know why? Why did Pepe get sent off? I just want someone to explain. Why did it happen?
“If I say what I think my career ends today.
“Sometimes I am a little bit disgusted to live in this world, but this is the world we live in.
“If we go there (Nou Camp) and score a goal, they will kill us again. We have no chance. They have to get to the final and that’s that.
“Congratulations to a fantastic football team. But congratulations for all they have as well, it must be difficult to get to get all this power. Where does this power come from?
Scandal of the Bernabeu
Mourinho reminded reporters of Barca’s semi-final victory over his former club Chelsea in 2009, the Inter semi-final from last season and now “the scandal of the Bernabeu,” suggesting referees were favouring the Catalan outfit.
“This thing happens in each semi-final,” he said. “I am here just to ask this question and I hope to get the answer one day.
“Guardiola is a fantastic coach, but he has won one Champions League which I would be ashamed to win after the scandal at Stamford Bridge and this year, if he wins it again, it will be after the scandal at the Bernabeu.
“I hope that one day he will win a clean Champions League, with no incidents behind it.
“Today it’s clear that against Barcelona you have no chance. I don’t understand why. I don’t know if it’s the publicity of UNICEF (the club’s shirt sponsor), I don’t know if it’s the friendship of (Spanish football federation president Angel Maria) Villar at UEFA, where he is vice-president, I don’t know if it’s because they are very nice, but they have got this power. The rest of us have no chance.
“Why couldn’t Chelsea reach the final two years ago? It was a miracle that Inter reached the final last year.
“I am here just to ask this question and I hope to get the answer one day.”