The combination of Real Madrid and VAR was too much for Real Betis to deal with after his team left empty-handed while outplaying the La Liga champions for parts of the game in Saturday’s 3-2 home loss, coach Manuel Pellegrini slams VAR.
Betis scored an early goal to take a 2-1 lead at halftime over Madrid.
But after the interval, three interventions went the way of the champions, leading to Madrid drawing level, Betis having sent off defender Emerson and the visitors winning a late penalty that Sergio Ramos converted to win the game.
“When you are up against Real Madrid and VAR it is too much,” At a news conference, Pellegrini said.
“We were much better than Real Madrid in the first half, we scored two goals and had three clear chances to score. The second half was more equal, then there was the red card, the penalty, and playing so much time with a man down was tough.
“When you are playing against Real Madrid and you concede a penalty and get a man sent off because of VAR it is very difficult. But I value how well we played when it was 11 against 11.”
In their first two games of the season, Pellegrini, who managed Real Madrid in the 2009/10 campaign, led Betis to two wins and was still satisfied with his side ‘s success despite the manner of the loss.
“The positive thing is that I’m more sure than ever that we are on the right path. When we both had 11 players on the pitch, we were much better than Real Madrid,” he added.
True coach Zinedine Zidane grew tired of the endless debates in the title win of last season about referees and obviously did not want to weigh in on Saturday’s debate.
“There’s a referee and it’s his job to review the plays. I think what happened today was fair,” Zidane said.
“The referee is in charge, I never get involved with the referees and I’m not going to do so today. The most important thing is how we played, and we gave everything at a very difficult ground.
“We are happy, satisfied with the work we have done, we worked our socks off and got three important points.