‘Oh shut up’ – Spurs’ Reguilon drawn on possibility of facing Real Madrid in Europa League/Admits Bale looks ‘happier’

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Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon was today quick to jump to the defence of former club Real Madrid, during a press conference whilst on international duty.

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Spanish stopper Reguilon of course made the move to north London during the summer.

On the back of a stellar campaign on loan with Sevilla, the 23-year-old was named as a target for a whole host of European clubs.

This came with both Ferland Mendy and Marcelo remaining at the disposal of Zinedine Zidane, making a route to consistent first-team football at the Bernabeu a difficult one.

Spurs, in turn, were more than happy to take advantage of the situation, with Jose Mourinho’s men having since reaped the benefits.

Reguilon has slotted seamlessly into the Lilywhites’ backline, adding a new element of attacking vigour to the club’s ranks on the left flank.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Along with fellow summer additions Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Matt Doherty, the Spaniard has proven central to guiding Tottenham to 2nd-spot in the Premier League table.

Elsewhere, the capital outfit currently sit top of their Europa League group (albeit only by goal difference), and booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the League Cup at the expense of London rivals Chelsea.

‘Oh shut up’

As such, it is fair to say that, all told, Reguilon has enjoyed a positive start to life in England.

Things at former club Real Madrid, however, have not proven quite so rosy over the early weeks of the campaign.

The Spanish champions currently sit 4th in the La Liga table, with their heavy defeat at Valencia over the weekend having come as Los Blancos’ 2nd in the club’s last 4 league outings.

On the European stage, meanwhile, where Zinedine Zidane’s men have so long thrived, Real have notched just one win from their opening 3 Champions League fixtures.

Zinedine Zidane

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 27: Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid is thrown in the air by his players during celebrations at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium following their victory last night in Kiev in the UEFA Champions League final, on May 27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final to lift the European Cup and Champions League for the 13th time. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

As a result, the possibility that his former club could potentially slip out of Europe’s premiere club competition at the group stage, to join the Europa League’s knockout round, was today lightheartedly put to Reguilon.

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The stopper, though, was having none of it, backing Zidane and co. to ‘fix’ their recent issues, and book their spot in the last-16 of the Champions League:

‘Facing Madrid in Europa League? Oh shut up man, shut up – that would be a very bad sign. Madrid is going to move on, they will fix what is happening in the Champions League.’

Another interesting takeaway from Reguilon’s press conference was the 23-year-old’s take on Gareth Bale’s current mindset.

Welsh international Bale of course joined his ex-Blancos teammate in north London during the summer, and Reguilon feels that the Spurs icon is now both ‘happier’ and more ‘comfortable’ than he was whilst in Spain:

Bale sometimes even acts as a translator for some specific things. He is much more comfortable speaking English with all his colleagues, it shows a lot. I see him happier, comfortable in a team.’

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Leicester City FC 8 9 18
2 Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 10 17
3 Liverpool FC 8 2 17
4 Southampton FC 8 4 16
5 Chelsea FC 8 10 15
6 Aston Villa FC 7 9 15
7 Everton FC 8 2 13
8 Crystal Palace FC 8 0 13
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 -1 13
10 Manchester City FC 7 1 12
11 Arsenal FC 8 -1 12
12 West Ham United FC 8 4 11
13 Newcastle United FC 8 -3 11
14 Manchester United FC 7 -2 10
15 Leeds United 8 -3 10
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 8 -3 6
17 Fulham FC 8 -8 4
18 West Bromwich Albion 8 -11 3
19 Burnley FC 7 -9 2
20 Sheffield United FC 8 -10 1
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 8
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Adams, Che Southampton FC 3
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 3

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