Barcelona accuse Chelsea of negative tactics
Barcelona's players have accused Chelsea of negative tactics and foul play following the 0-0 draw last night in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp.
"Barcelona were the only team who wanted to play," defender Gerard Piqué said after the game, "and yet the reward is for Chelsea, even though it seems like they came for a draw. At least we know we're superior because we showed that on the pitch."
Midfielder Yaya Toure also accused German referee Wolfgang Stark of favouring Chelsea, branding his performance "worse than deplorable." The La Liga leaders were held scoreless at the Camp Nou for the first time this season thanks to some dogged defending from the Blues.
Barca boss Pep Guardiola also criticized the referee's performance claiming that Michael Ballack should have been given his marching orders: "The incident with Ballack was scandalous," Guardiola said. "Andres was heading into the penalty area through on goal. It was a very clear second yellow."
Spain international Xavi also had a go at Chelsea accusing them of foul play: "There were some actions which were clear yellow cards and not even a foul was given, and then Touré was booked for protesting. One team wanted to play and the other one didn't, it's a shame ... there's all this talk about fair play, but I haven't seen any from them tonight."
But there was no mention by anyone in the Barcelona ranks that their much vaunted stars Lionel Messi, Daniel Alves, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o failed to perform on the night. The Catalan side will be hoping to give a better showing in next week's return leg at Stamford Bridge.