Zinedine Zidane says ‘robbery’ reaction to his side’s controversial Champions League quarter-final win against Juventus has been shameful.
Real sneaked into the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday after English referee Michael Oliver awarded the 12-times champion a controversial penalty in added-on time.
Cristiano Ronaldo held his nerve to send his side through 4-3 on aggregate after Juve had staged a remarkable comeback, levelling the tie by leading 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Juve players furiously protested the decision, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon receiving a red card.
The reaction to the award of the penalty has continued, and Madrid coach Zidane said he found some of the talk disrespectful.
Gianluigi Buffon launched a scathing attack on Oliver after the match while sections of the Italian and Spanish press were also criticial of Real’s victory.
Zidane, however, thinks his team fully deserved to go through.
“When people talk about it being a robbery I get angry. It is clear what we are doing annoys a lot of people,” Zidane said on Saturday.
“There are people that are anti-Real Madrid, but nobody is going to change that. Nobody can change the history of this club, what it has achieved.
“We are the best club in the world and when you’re the best club in the world, there is a certain degree of jealousy.”
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