Valencia foiled Barcelona and Luis Suarez all through a great part of the Copa del Rey semi-final tie at the Camp Nou and Gabriel Paulista clashed with the striker and insists he enjoyed the banter he had with Suarez.
Luis Suarez called Gabriel a “cagon”, which means ‘sh*tty’ or a weakling, but the former Arsenal player was more focused on the match itself.
The Uruguay international enjoyed a contentious tussle with Gabriel all through the game and the Los Che defender laughed subsequently with an epic reply.
“These are matters for the pitch. He told me I was a cagon and I told him he was the best striker in the world. But that stays on the pitch, now we forget it and that’s it,” Paulista said after the game.
“We fought until the end as Marcelino wanted, it’s the first battle and we had to give our all for the team,” he said. “Now onto the next game.”
“I don’t see myself in the final yet, Barcelona are the best team in the world and we have to come out ready to make sure we are in the final.”
On the game itself, he analyzed his team’s game plan.
“It was a great game, in the first half we were a bit deeper, we defended well, in the second half we were better with the ball and had chances,” noted Gabriel.