Stolen boots and an offside goal plagued Real Madrid’s impressive unbeaten run in the Champions League on Tuesday after they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of the Champions League semi final tie.
A late goal from the tournament’s second highest goal scorer Mario Gomez was enough to slow Madrid’s surge for a record 10th title whilst taking Bayern one step closer to the final.
However, speaking after the match, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho refused to criticise referee Howard Webb’s decision to allow Frank Ribery’s goal to stand despite it being ‘a clear offside’.
“The first goal was a clear offside, a typical error, [but] I don’t criticise it.” Mourinho said. “We have the second leg to come and it’s not like we have to make a historical comeback – what we have to do is very achievable. “If we win at home 1-0, 2-0, 3-1, we are there. I am optimistic we can return here to play the final.”
Last night’s loss bring Madrid’s tally to just 1 win in their last 23 visits to Germany. However, despite all the stats, Mourinho is still confident that his side will be one of the teams present in the May 19th final.
“We don’t need any crazy result in the return leg – we can win with a normal result and go through,”I think my team can respond to this game, with our fans behind us.” Mourinho continued.
Madrid currently lead the La Liga standings with 85 points 4 ahead of Barcelona with 5 matches left to play. Barcelona on the other hand will be looking to cut that deficit to just 1 point with a win on Saturday.
However before that, the Catalans will have to overcome an inconsistent Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge tonight in their first leg Champions League semi final fixture.
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