'I am a little bit disgusted'

Barcelona put one foot in the Champions League final last night after a vital 2-0 win away to arch-rivals Real Madrid, thanks almost entirely to Lionel Messi.

The little Argentine scored both goals, one a work of utter genius to more or less seal the tie for the Catalan giants, but Barca didn’t look comfortable at all until Pepe was sent off for more or less nothing, leaving Real with a man short for so long that a goal was inevitable.

Madrid boss José Mourinho was incandescent with rage at the time and after the match, going on a wild, paranoid rant about Barca getting always favourable (and unjustifiable) decisions in their favour, and suggesting that there was conspiracy to get them into the final. Barcelona are now looking into whether they will take any action against Mourinho for the following quotes, and we’d like to bet that they will. Oh yes.

‘It's clear that against Barcelona you have no chance,’ he ranted. ‘I don't know if it's the publicity of Unicef (the club's shirt sponsor), I don't know if it's because they are very nice, but they've got this power. I don't know if it's the friendship of (Spanish football federation president Angel Maria) Villar at (European football's governing body) Uefa, where he is vice-president.

‘(Pep) Guardiola is a fantastic coach, but he's 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. Yes, we are out. Sometimes I am a little bit disgusted to live in this world, but this is the world we live in.

‘We will have to go to Barcelona and look for some pride, without Pepe who didn't do anything, without Ramos who didn't do anything and without a coach to sit on the bench. As soon as Pepe was sent off, all of their problems were solved.

‘If, in a sporting sense, it's difficult to turn this around, I would say it's now mission impossible. If we go there and score a goal, they will kill us again. We have no chance. They have to get to the final and that's that.’

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