Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s most valuable player, so it was only natural that their manager reacted furiously when he was scythed down by a horrendous tackle from Filipe Luis.
The former Chelsea defender caught Messi on the knee with his studs and was rightfully shown his marching orders.
But that didn’t prevent Luis Enrique reacting lividly, getting into the fourth-official’s face following the incident.
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The game was already intense as it was between the best two teams in La Liga - Barcelona and Atletico Madrid - and Luis’s challenge only added more fuel to the fire.
Watch the tackle:
Enrique’s side had just overturned a 1-0 deficit through goals by Messi and Luis Suarez when Luis studded Messi, causing a fracas involving Enrique and Atletico coach Oscar Ortega.
The challenge was ugly. The full-back mistimed his attempt to control the ball and clashed into the Argentine. If Luis had applied more force, Messi could have suffered a potentially damaging injury.
As well as the nastiness of the challenge, Messi’s importance to the team likely fuelled Enrique’s response. The 28-year-old is enjoying yet another wonderful season and netted his sixth goal in his past four league games.
He also took his combined tally of career goals with Cristiano Ronaldo to 1,000.
Can you name a worse tackle than Filipe Luis's on Messi? Have your say in the comments section below!
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