Simeone, the manager of Atletico, yells at the officials following a Real Madrid red card in a derby.

Simeone, the manager of Atletico, yells at the officials following a Real Madrid red card in a derby.

As a straight red card was issued to Angel Correa in Saturday’s derby, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone claimed that Real Madrid got preferential treatment from referees.”A contact is not a blow,” Simeone told DAZN after the game. “Football is a physical sport. If I’m not incorrect, Rudiger is 1.94m tall, and if it had been such a terrible strike, he would have been sitting down, but he instantly gets up ” That may be a yellow [card], but pulling a man off for that would leave no players on the field “It’s the same thing. That is natural, and it has been normal [refereeing in favour of Madrid], and it is not right, and it would be good if we could all compete in the same manner.”
Simeone thought his squad had been unjustly penalised against Madrid for the third time this season.
Atletico saw Stefan Savic sent off in a 3-1 extra-time loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Jan. 26 and Mario Hermoso sent off in a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in LaLiga on Sept. 18.
“In the Copa del Rey, they might have sent off [Madrid’s] Dani Ceballos for a foul that was a red,” Simeone stated. “Today, Angel’s foul, they perceived it that way. You have all seen it, there are things that are extremely evident.”
When questioned about the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), Simeone replied, “It may go either way, sometimes in your favour, sometimes against you.”
Yet, every time we come here [to the Bernabeu stadium], it works against us.”
Atletico Madrid also showed their outrage through the club’s official Twitter account, which tweeted: “Nothing new at the Bernabeu.”
Despite the red card, Atletico moved ahead in the 78th minute via Jose Maria Gimenez before conceding an equaliser seven minutes later to Alvaro Rodriguez.
Simeone commented, “We feel as if we could have won the game.” We were aware that Madrid’s late-game threats are quite threatening. To take the lead, we overcome Reinildo’s injury and Correa’s ejection. We ought to have defended better to prevent allowing the equaliser, but we must maintain this impressive momentum.”
Meanwhile, Simeone announced that Atletico defender Reinildo has sustained a significant knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
The Mozambique defender was stretchered off in the first half with a probable ruptured right ACL.
“It’s a major injury,” Simeone remarked. “We will have to wait and see what the doctor says after the hospital exams. It’s a pity. We wish him the best of luck. He will be able to play again in five to six months.”
Real Madrid is now second in LaLiga, seven points behind Barcelona, who visits Almeria on Sunday. “It was already there previous to this game, and it will be much more so after this game. We’re going to fight till the end.”
Ancelotti, whose club battled back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Liverpool 5-2 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 last week, conceded his squad wasn’t at their best.
“We lacked a little bit of mental freshness, particularly when we were numerically dominant,” he said.
One bright spot for Madrid was young striker Alvaro Rodriguez scoring his first goal on his first-team debut at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He is a kid with a lot of desire to play for Real Madrid, and he has scored for the first goal at the Bernabeu,” Ancelotti remarked.

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