LONDON, April 7, 2011 (AFP) - Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti lashed out at Spanish referee Alberto Undiano after his side were denied a certain penalty against Manchester United here Wednesday.
Chelsea's players were left fuming after Undiano waved away appeals for a spot-kick when United defender Patrice Evra clattered into the Blues Brazilian midfielder Ramires deep into injury time.
Television replays showed Evra had taken out Ramires without touching the ball but instead of a penalty that might have levelled the Champions League quarter-final first leg at 1-1, Chelsea were beaten 1-0.
|AFP - Carlo Ancelotti (R) confronts referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco (L) after the final whistle|
Ancelotti could not hide his disgust afterwards, accusing Undiano of lacking the "courage" to award a penalty in the final seconds of the match.
"It was clear. Everyone knows that it was clear," Ancelotti said. "The problem is that sometimes it is not easy to give the penalty in the last minute of a game. You need to have personality, courage and so on.
"And not always the referees in general have these kind of skills."
Ancelotti admitted he had confronted Undiano as the referee left the pitch.
"I said that was a penalty and he needed to whistle," he said. "No answer."
Ancelotti urged his team to put aside their grievances and focus on turning around a 1-0 first leg defeat in next Tuesday's return fixture at Old Trafford.
History is stacked against Ancelotti's men: only twice before in the history of the Champions League has a team that lost a first leg at home gone on to win a tie outright.
"It's not easy. But first we have to try. Obviously we know it will be difficult to win there but we have the confidence to do it," Ancelotti said.
"Obviously we have a disadvantage now. But I think that the performance tonight was good. Not 100 percent but in general I think we played good football. We didn't deserve to lose.
"We have to change the result at Old Trafford."
Ancelotti also defended his decision to persist with £50 million pound striker Fernando Torres, who endured another frustrating evening in front of goal.
The Spaniard is still yet to score for Chelsea in more than 10 hours of playing time since his record move from Liverpool in January.
"I think he has to have confidence and keep going because he will score," Ancelotti said.