Juventus boss Antonio Conte has called for a better standard of refereeing in the Champions League, after being left disappointed with the officiating against Real Madrid.
The last time out the Italian had to endure his side going down 2-1, with help from a controversial penalty decision, and debatable dismissal. Which in turn has lead to the former Juventus player piling on the pressure.
Since the last fixture referee Manuel Grafe has reportedly been dropped from officiating matches of such stature, and Conte hopes for an improvement when the sides meet again in Italy Tuesday.
Conte said: “Refereeing decisions affected the game in the first tie. But referees make mistakes like everyone does.
"We need to think about playing football and maintaining our confidence in the referees that we're assigned."
English referee Howard Webb is set to take charge of the match, which has huge significance to Juventus’ European ambitions.
The Italian champions have just two points from their opening three games in the competition. Should they suffer defeat again come Tuesday, their hopes of qualifying from the group will be treacherous.
Conte continued:” There's great fascination surrounding this fixture, Juve against Real is a historic tie in European football.
"It's a great tie that's important for our progress in the Champions League. We need to be proud that we're involved in a game like this.
"We can also change things as the game progresses. What counts more, however, is the desire we show on the night.
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