Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the chorus of criticism coming out of Real Madrid following their defeat to Barcelona.
Real had Pepe sent off in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona before going down 2-0.
Coach Jose Mourinho was left fuming and was hugely critical of Barca, Uefa and the officials following the loss.
Ronaldo has now echoed those sentiments after claiming the sending off was crucial to the outcome of the tie.
"I do not understand why everyone playing against them (Barcelona) in the Champions League ends with 10 men, Arsenal, Chelsea," said Ronaldo.
"It is not an excuse but playing against 10 is very different to playing with 11.
"We controlled the game at 11 versus 11 but we conceded two goals when we were down to 10.
"Every year is the same and I do not understand.
"The truth is that getting through the tie is now very difficult, but in football anything can happen.
"A goalless draw would have been a good result. We had a strategy. At the end Kaka would play a few minutes and we were going to attack. Football is all about strategies."
Ronaldo admitted he could not quiz referee Wolfgang Stark, adding: "If I had tried to talk to him I would have got a yellow card.
"We are sad in the dressing room because every year is the same."
Lionel Messi's brace was rounded off by a brilliant individual effort, but Ronaldo insists his life was made easier.
"I wish I had the chance as Messi did to play against 10 because then everything is so much easier," said Ronaldo.