Conte Ref Anger After Barca Loss

Conte Ref Anger After Barca Loss

Antonio Conte was furious after Inter Milan’s defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday night, as he believed the referee cost his side the game.

The former Chelsea and Juventus boss felt Inter deserved more from the game in which they took the lead, but couldn’t hold on to the three points after Lautaro Martinez’s second-minute goal.

Two second-half strikes from Uruguayan Luis Suarez gave the Catalans the three points in a close Champions League Group F encounter.

Conte was enraged after a foul in the 56th minute on midfielder Stefano Sensi in the area which he believed should have given them a penalty, which would have given the Nerazzurri a two goal advantage.

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The 50-year-old said after the game: “I think there has been a clear penalty that we have not been given and then Barcelona have scored an equaliser. “We are talking about an international referee, who has experience, who took charge of the Champions League final.”

He added: “I also saw some situations that were addressed incorrectly. I am not only referring to the penalty that wasn’t given. It wasn’t a positive feeling.”

Conte though was quick to point out that he didn’t want to make excuses for his players, who he felt should have “killed off the game” in the first half.

The defeat leaves Inter on just one point from two Champions League matches and bottom of the group, after drawing to Czech side Slavia Prague on Matchday One.

Barcelona are second in the group with four points with Borussia  Dortmund on goal difference, after a 2-0 away win over Slavia Prague on Wednesday.

Up next for Inter is a top-of-the-table league clash, when they face defending champions Juventus at the San Siro on Sunday evening.

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