Barcelona's Yaya Toure slams referee as Chelsea cement draw

29 April 2009 09:00
Barca and Chelsea ended up with two yellow cards apiece as Guus Hiddink's side left the Nou Camp with a deserved draw, but Toure says Hiddink's men should have had more.

"It was worse than deplorable - it looked as if he had come to help Chelsea," he said.

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Barca President Joan Laporta also believes Chelsea were happy to play for a draw.

"They defended a lot and very well, although it looked as if that is exactly what they came to do: defend," he said.

Nevertheless, Laporta is confident Barcelona can reach a second Champions League final since he took control of the club in 2003.

"They didn't score and that's the most important thing; we know a goal for us at Stamford Bridge will make life very difficult for them," he said.

And striker Samuel Eto'o believes Chelsea will be obliged to play a more open and positive game when the two sides meet in London next week.

"We will try to score there in order to relax, but they won't be able to play like they did today, with nearly all of their players waiting in their own half," he said.

Eto'o feels the Catalans still have a great chance of making the final in Rome next month.

"0-0 is not a bad result and we still have a great chance of getting to the final - a goal in London will change everything," he said.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola will have problems in central defence for that match, though.

Rafa Marquez broke down with a knee injury on Tuesday night and will be sidelined for the rest of the season, while Puyol's booking means he is suspended for the return leg.

Gabi Milito is still out with a long-term injury, meaning Uruguay defender Martin Caceres - the club's only other senior centre-back - is likely to come in for a rare start.


Source: Telegraph

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