Speaking after the game, the manager said:
Some pundits like Lee Dixon were annoyed with Bale for diving and said that it should be stamped out of the game. Gareth Bale on the other hand was adamant, as he always is, that he wasn't simulating the foul and that sometimes he just gets fouled as a result of his pace and trickery in the box. It's a true injustice. I just can't help but feel that Gareth Bale wouldn't get booked so much for diving if he stopped diving"With this result we would have asked him to get a yellow card to be clean for the last eight," said Villas-Boas."We are in a good position but it is not finished, so we will miss Gareth. He has been influential in consecutive games but hopefully we can make it without him.