Carlo Ancelotti feels there is too much talk about refereeing standards in Spain, echoing comments made by Tata Martino.
Martino’s past complaints regarding a lack of discussion about actual football were put to Ancelotti in an interview with El Mundo and published by AS. He agreed with his Barca counterpart.
“He’s right. There’s very little talk about the tactical side. People are more interested in controversy and refereeing decisions,” Ancelotti lamented.
“The downside is that puts a lot of pressure on referees. It inconveniences their work.
“The best referees are English because they can referee without pressure. They don’t have to worry so much about making a mistake.
“I know Matheu Lohez [referee for Wednesday’s Cup final]. I haven’t asked about him or spoken about him with the players.
“I don’t care. When I left Italy I stopped being interested in the referees.”
Ancelotti also claimed Martino had a harder job at Barcelona than he does at Real Madrid, gave his thoughts on the Champions League semi-finals, and revealed Cristiano Ronaldo could be involved in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final.
The former Paris Saint-Germain Coach added that he wants Madrid to take the game to Barca at Valencia’s Mestalla.
“I think it will be a very balanced and tense game,” Ancelotti said.
“I hope we see a Madrid as protagonists, but this isn’t easy against Barca, because their philosophy is to take control of the game with possession. That will be key.”