Llorente: I’m grateful to the Santiago Bernabeu for their ovation
Juventus striker, Fernando Llorente made his triumphant return to Spain, scoring a goal in his Champions League debut, in a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday evening at the Santiago Bernabeu and although the former Athletic star is happy with the goal, he feels the referee decided that match.
In his post-match interview, Llorente insisted that the referee’s sending off of centre-back, Giorgio Chiellini, which subsequently ended Llorente’s night with a substitution, led to the ‘Old Lady’s’ loss, in what he feels was a winnable game.
“We are gutted and very sad because the referee decided the match with the sending off. Up until that point the match was wide open, but after that, we were left without options. He pulled out a red card in during a play that was off to the side. I think it was greatly exaggerated and it’s too bad because we had still have options to win.
“I didn’t see a penalty and don’t know if it was what they say. What is clear is that we can’t dwell on it. We have to think about the next match and fight hard to qualify for the next round.
“Despite the failures of the referee, we didn’t give up. At the end, we lost be a very slim margin and still had an option to draw at the end, but the referee really hurt us. We need to win in the return leg in Turin and we still can win in Turkey, so we’re still left with options.”
Llorente concluded by thanking the Santiago Bernabeu crowd for their standing ovation stating he was “very grateful” and “very happy” with the reception.
“Whenever I come here, they treat me with great affection, it makes me very happy.”