Since the start of the year, Ante Rebic has been one of AC Milan’s best players, bouncing back from what was a tough first six months at the club. In the second half of the season, he has netted eleven goals in all competitions.
The Croatian also managed to get on the scoresheet in Milan’s 4-2 win over Juventus, coming back from a two-goal deficit after scoring all of their goals in the second half. Certainly, there was some tension between the players on the pitch.
Prior to Milan’s goals, Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was heard screaming at Rebic, referring to the scoreline. Just a short while later, the Rossoneri managed to find the back of the net and eventually turned the game around completely.
🗣 Szczesny to Rebic: “You are losing 2-0, don’t act up”
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In a long interview with SportWeek (via MilanNews.it), a weekly edition of Gazzetta Dello Sport, Rebic brought up the matter – revealing the background to it all – and also criticised Gonzalo Higuain for his attitude on the pitch.
“In the game won against Juve, at a certain point, I said something to Higuain. I don’t like players like him who, big and strong, stay on the ground for three minutes after every contact.
“The same had happened against SPAL. Ibra also takes a lot of beating but gets up immediately and without a whimper. Others cry too much. In short, I said something to Higuain and Szczesny told me: ‘You are losing 2-0, don’t act up’.
“I didn’t answer him. Normally, I would have replied, because another thing I don’t like is when they underestimate me. But this time, I didn’t open my mouth. In Szczesny, I responded in another way (with the 4-2 goal). This is my mental strength: whoever attacks me energises me.”