Porto manager Sergio Conceicao has complained about some refereeing decisions that favoured Chelsea, simply because of their stature as a club, as the Portuguese side suffered a 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat on Wednesday.
To be fair to Porto, Chelsea were really made to work for the win.
The Blues eventually came out on top with two important away goals, thanks to Mason Mount’s superb strike and Ben Chilwell’s composure.
But if the last-16 tie between Porto and Juventus has taught us anything, it is that they are capable of pulling off an unlikely upset.
Conceicao believes his team was “superior” in terms of “strategy, determination, and quality of play” in the game but admitted that in the end, all that matters is the final score.
“There are no moral victories and what counts is the result,” he said in his post-match interview (via Porto’s official website).
The Porto manager, however, strongly expressed his disappointment in some refereeing decisions that, he claimed, favoured the bigger side.
“We’re the only team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League that doesn’t belong to the five strongest leagues in Europe and you can feel that a little bit,” he explained.
“[Cesar] Azpilicueta, for example, made many fouls and didn’t get a single yellow [card], and there’s a [possible] penalty [offence] on [Moussa] Marega.
“There were situations that clearly didn’t leave me satisfied and we felt that the refereeing left something to be desired.
“We don’t belong to the so-called ‘Big-5’ [leagues in Europe], but there has to be respect for a historic club like FC Porto.”