Filipe Luis, Atletico Madrid defender, believes that his side was treated unfairly at Nou Camp due to the fear that Barcelona may be exited from the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid lost to Barcelona 2 – 1, with goal-scorer Fernando Torres being sent off the pitch when they were on the lead with 1 – 0.
Luis Suarez scored both home goals, but earlier appeared to kick Juanfran.
“I don’t know what Barca players have to do to get sent off just like us,” said Brazil left-back Luis.
The cup holders, Barcelona, are hoping to be the first team to win the Champions League for two consecutive seasons and will proceed into the second leg while advantaged. They will play next Wednesday at Vicente Calderon.
Atletico had scored a potential valuable away goal via Torres but the tables turned around after the Spain striker was sent off for 2 needless bookings inside seven minutes.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone was incensed by the decision of German referee Felix Brych, who also seemingly missed Suarez lashing out at Atletico right-back Juanfran near the byline.
Luis, former Chelsea defender, said that they should not have been shown the red card.
He added that it is hard to play against Barcelona in Champions League.
“We know it is really dangerous if they go out in the quarter-finals. We have to play against everyone and everything.
“You can tell there is fear that Barca will be eliminated.”
Torres apologized via social media and said that he took responsibility for their defeat even though Simeone said that he is not angry at the 32-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea forward.
He urged the team and fans to be ready up for the Wednesday match.