Sergio Reguilon has insulted Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez by calling “Flea, Rabbit” following the El Clasico.
Real Madrid invited Barcelona twice to Santiago Bernabeu within three days in two competitions, only to lose to their arch-rivals at their own backyard on both occasions. The Blaugrana were 3-0 victors in the La Liga, and another victory followed in the La Liga by a margin of 1-0, putting them twelve points ahead in the league table and enter the Cup competition finals for the sixth time on a trot.
During their victory on Wednesday in the cup competition, Luis Suarez scored twice and an own goal from Raphael Varane sealed the deal for Ernesto Valverde’s side. The Los Blancos were not able to take their chances on Saturday and went down to Ivan Rakitic’s fine goal in the first half.
The game was filled with full of controversies. During the first half, the Los Blancos skipper Sergio Ramos was seen to be elbowing Barcelona’s number 10, Lionel Messi and it resulted in bleeding for the Argentine international.
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Even though the Real Madrid defender pleaded innocence, the replay suggested that he injured his opponent, but the referee did not feel that way as he thought Messi made the most of that contact.
After the full-time whistle was blown, Luis Suarez went near to Sergio Reguilon and made a crying gesture which infuriated the defender. Clearly, the game did not go as they would have wanted.
Real Madrid’s left-back Sergio Reguilon, who started both the games and spent 180 minutes on the pitch has hit out Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez by calling them “Flea and Rabbit”.
The 22-year-old already seems quite comfortable throwing sly digs at some of Barcelona’s veteran star players in a bid to show that he is not intimidated by them…https://t.co/n8qyJWZ5VA
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The Uruguayan International was doing his best to wind up the young defender during the game by patronizingly patting him on the back, as images released by Spanish TV channel Vamos have revealed.
Clearly having none of it, Reguilón responded and was captured telling Suarez: “Don’t touch me. Don’t touch me, eh. Man you are so ugly. You are really ugly.” A few minutes later, the Madrid defender also called the Uruguayan a “rabbit” in another stab at Suarez’s appearance.
Messi was also subjected to some of Reguilón’s insults just seconds after the first incident with Suarez. “What? What did you say? What’s up with you, flea!? What’s wrong with you now?,” Reguilón asked the Barcelona talisman.
Barcelona’s skipper was not happy with his comments and approached the 22-year-old until he was intervened by the Los Blancos defender Raphael Varane.
🗣 📛 Reguilón called Luis Suárez ‘Rabbit’ & Messi ‘Flea’
— Barcaadmirers (FC Barcelona) (@Barcaadmirers) March 4, 2019
Sergio Reguilon might have ended on the losing side, but there is no questioning his top-notch displays in both the games against the most successful club in Spain over the last decade.
There is no doubt that the Los Blancos academy graduate got carried away by the intensity of the game by insulting Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
In the post-match press conference, Santiago Solari said that Real Madrid matched the intensity of Barcelona, but spurned way too many chances which cost them the game.
🎙👔 Solari: “Hemos jugado como equipo. Ha sido un partido peleado, disputado en todas las áreas: en la posesión, en los duelos, en el dominio territorial, en las ocasiones, en los tiros… Muy igualado. Lo hemos buscado de todas las maneras y no hemos podido conseguir el gol.” pic.twitter.com/SxLr5e89Yw
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) March 2, 2019
“We tried our best and didn’t surrender. It was a hard-fought, serious and intense game from both sides. If you don’t score you can’t win. We played good football and answered a lot of questions, we just couldn’t finish it off”.
“We want to keep plugging away, righting those wrongs. The players did what they were asked and stood united. It was fairly balanced but the difference was that they scored. We needed to bury those chances we got. We tried in every possible way and played as a team, but we couldn’t snatch a goal”. said the Argentine.
When he was affected if the whole squad was mentally drained following the 3-0 defeat in the midweek, Solari said “No, every game is completely different. It affected things tactically because a coach tries to change things. They applied a higher press but we managed to cope with that. The game was a very hard-fought contest all over the field”.
To put their disappointments away, Real Madrid will take on Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as they aim to qualify for the next round in the hopes of lifting the trophy for the fourth time in a row.