Benfica manger Jorge Jesus felt that his side were penalised unjustly by the Slovenian referee in their 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.
Benfica played most of the match with ten men after their captain Maxi Pereira was shown a second yellow card in the 40th minute. Benfica were eliminated from the Champions league by a 3-1 goal aggregate.
Jorge Jesus speaking after the match said:
“Well, we’ve been the better team in both legs – in Lisbon and in London. I am very proud of my men. We played with ten men for the best part of an hour and we were still the better team. We made Chelsea look ordinary.
“We were penalised by the referee tonight, unfortunately, and unjustly I feel, but that’s football in the end. We come away as losers but I feel my team gave everything and I am very proud of my players tonight.”
Benfica President Luis Felipe Vierira also feels the same way and has vowed to protest to the Portuguese Football Federation.
Luis Felipe sharing how he felt after the game told RTP:
“Whether we were there (in Lisbon) or here (London), we were not allowed to eliminate Chelsea.
“Benfica were the better team and deserved to go through but other factors seriously hindered us. We lacked luck.
“We can’t understand how a Slovenian referee was in charge of this match and we will explain our position to the Portuguese Football Federation. I don’t know whether the federation is capable of doing anything.
“Surely everyone saw what happened here it is evident that it is a business and that there was no desire to see Benfica go through. Refereeing has reached a scandalous point.”