Berizzo: The players said it was handball…

Eduardo Berizzo looks forward to the Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg but was unsure if his side should have had a penalty.

The first leg at Balaidos ended goalless, with Diego Simeone saying that puts the tie in Celta’s favour for the Vicente Calderon fixture, with Berizzo expecting a similar game.

“It will be very similar, perhaps with our opponent offering more play. Hopefully we benefit by the end,” he said, AS reports.

“Them not scoring is a plus. The result is open. We expect a very hard game at the Calderon. The team’s approach was perfect. We had to adapt, we had our chances played as we had to with the team in front of us.

“We go to Madrid with great enthusiasm. I congratulate my boys, comforted by the effort. I like the football we play and I’m very satisfied to be the Coach.”

It was claimed Celta should have had a penalty for a handball by Thomas Partey but, like Simeone, Berizzo couldn’t get a good look from his angle.

“I didn’t see it. The players said he used his hand. I guess the referee didn’t see it and didn’t feel it was a penalty,” he lamented.

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