Frank Lampard believes Chelsea’s appeals for a penalty in the first half at the Nou Camp were correctly waved away.
With the score at 2-0, Marcus Alonso was presented with a golden opportunity to halve the defect and give the visitors a breath of hope.
The defender found himself in front of his marker in the box after some neat link-up play from Willian and Olivier Giroud but instead of going for goal he fell to the ground as Gerard Pique made a clambering attempt to get back.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes the referee was correct to not award them a penalty
Marcos Alonso had a golden chance to score but went down under a challenge in the box
Antonio Conte ran up and down the touchline with his arms aloft but to no effect. Giroud, incensed, went after the referee and picked up a caution for his troubles.
But Lampard, who had a chance to see it back on replay, insisted the referee made the right decision, though he is unsure if Chelsea would have got away with the same challenge.
‘The slightest touch and he was on his way down,’ the former Chelsea midfielder told BT Sport.
‘I wouldn’t have been surprised to see it given at the other end, Lionel Messi might have got it, that’s the way these games go unfortunately but there isn’t enough in it there for me.
Gerard Pique appeared to make contact as he made a desperate attempt to get back
The Chelsea defender went crashing to the floor but their appeals for a penalty were ignored
‘At first glance it looked a penalty but when you really analyse it I don’t think there is quite enough.’
Rio Ferdinand, who was working alongside Lampard in the BT Sport studio for the game, echoed his view.
‘I don’t think it was a penalty myself, I thought he was looking for it and went down too easily.
‘Great bit of football from Willian, who was the best player for Chelsea today and then two players coming back, if he just pulls the trigger there he has half a chance of scoring.
‘I don’t think there is enough, he is looking for it and is trying to fool the ref there a bit and I think the ref doesn’t take to it.’
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand agreed with Lampard’s assessment of the situation
The man in question was asked after the defeat if he felt not getting the decision was a defining moment in the game but Alonso chose not to address it.
Conte admitted he had not seen it back yet but believes it was a ‘clear penalty’ from where he was standing.
He said: ‘I didn’t see it on TV but during the game from the bench, for me it was a clear penalty.
But I am not complaining we have to get over it and we have to move on now and prepare for Leicester on Sunday.’
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he has not seen it back but thought it was a ‘clear penalty’