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Bonucci ‘at centre’ of Juve half-time bust-up in Champions League final defeat by Real

Date Posted,June 19, 2017

Juventus’ dreams of a historic treble were shattered in Cardiff by Real Madrid, which has led to speculation that all was not well in the locker rooms.

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.

Massimiliano Allegri reportedly rowed with Bonucci during the break (Photo: Matthias Hangst)
Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala react after going down to Real (Photo: David Ramos)

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.

Andrea Barzagli endured a tough game vs Real Madrid (Photo: David Ramos)
Dybala appeared to be a different player after being booked for a challenge on Luka Modric (Photo: Laurence Griffiths)

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.

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