Talk of a bust-up between players during the Champions League final have surfaced after Los Blancos triumphed 4-1.
The Old Lady’s general manager Beppe Marotta has responded, claiming: “I was there and nothing happened, it was just a matter of discussing some tactics.”
But further details, in La Repubblica and La Stampa, have emerged about what occurred after the interval. First of all, Paulo Dybala was shown a yellow card in the 12th minute, which changed his body language from then on.
Leonardo Bonucci realised this and delivered a telling off to the Argentinian as they headed for the dressing room.
The Italian defender also reportedly slapped Dybala in the face in a bid to wake him up.
Bonucci, who was by this point angry, had a falling out with the usually quiet Andrea Barzagli. Bonucci is reported to have highlighted how successful Marcelo had been in opening up their defence in the first half and blamed Barzagli before suggesting Massimiliano Allegri substitute him for Juan Cuadrado.
La Repubblica continues, insisting Allegri and Bonucci, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, angrily debated tactics.
Barzagli, naturally, is thought to have reacted badly, telling Bonucci to mind his own business.
After a period of domestic dominance, the Bianconeri once again fell short in Europe and will be plotting how to better return to the biggest stage in search of a first Champions League title in 22 years.