Trainer Gian Piero Gasperini of Atalanta has hit hard at the arbitration on Wednesday evening after the defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Italians came up early with ten men due to a debatable red card and lost the eight-final game partly because of this with 0-1.

Midfielder Remo Freuler was sent off after seventeen minutes after he brought down Ferland Mendy, who had come up on the edge of the penalty area.

According to referee Tobias Stieler, the Real Madrid defender had broken through and so he immediately turned red, much to the anger of Atalanta.

"We thought that these things could no longer happen with the technology that is now available, but the opposite appears to be true. These incidents continue to happen and we have to pay the price for them now," an angry Gasperini said at his press conference in Bergamo. .

"The match was completely ruined by a referee who punished a foul way too harshly. We are especially disappointed with the progress of the match. I'm sure we would have created more and taken more risks with eleven men. This is not what you think. expected from a match against Real Madrid. "

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'The score could have been much higher this way'

With ten men, Atalanta kept it surprisingly long, but just before the end, Real Madrid struck at the Gewiss Stadium.

Mendy of all people curled the ball in in the 87th minute and gave the 'Koninklijke' the all-important away goal.

"If you play with one man less against Real Madrid for so long, the score could have been much higher", Gasperini tried to stay positive.

"The team played very well. Because of this result we have of course a bad starting position for the return, but on the other hand we are not completely without a chance."

The return between Atalanta and Real Madrid will be played on March 16 in Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

The Italians, who shared a group with Ajax in the group stage, reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.

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