Valencia Defender Gabriel Paulista Two-Foot Tackles His Own Manager After Copa Del Rey Win
To celebrate their historic win over Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final last night, defender Gabriel Paulista channeled his inner Roy Keane by two-footing...his actual manager.
Valencia picked up a shock win on Saturday night, with goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo putting them ahead at half-time.
And despite Lionel Messi finding the net in the 73rd minute, Marcelino Garcia Toral's side hung in there to secure victory.
It was a memorable night for Marcelino, who experienced the good and the bad both during and after the full-time whistle.
I mean, he was on the end of a flying two-footed tackle, for goodness sake - give the guy a rest!
Gabriel Paulista slide tackles Marcelino. Because of course he does. :joy: pic.twitter.com/nfnWQ6Add3- Talking LaLiga (@TalkingLaLiga) May 25, 2019
He may have been on the end of a crunching tackle from Paulista, but that didn't stop Marcelino from being "the happiest man in the world" after the full-time whistle:
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"I am the happiest man in the world at a professional level," Marcelino told Teledeporte.
"This year we started badly, and (despite) that struggle, the players did not split.
"Look at today - with the help of everyone, they gave me the opportunity to win a title, and the affection with the fans is mutual."
Incredible finale as #Valencia win the #CopadelRey in their centenary year. Many fans and even some journalists are in tears and while Barça will be a big story, Marcelino, his players and the supporters deserve this moment... #VCF #AmuntValencia pic.twitter.com/P0rqVeRLTj- Ben Hayward (@bghayward) May 25, 2019
Valencia captain Dani Parejo, who has spent eight years at the club, also revealed his delight at the victory:
"It's my happiest day as a Valencianista. I'm very happy, for me and my family." he told TVE.
"I've been here for eight years and I've had a lot of bad times, but a club like this deserves a lot more joys like that.
"It's amazing, the people, the welcome ... we have to give thanks to the people, to my teammates, to the club and to all of us."
#CopaDelRey & silverware after a decade long period of roller coaster- Ashish Romea (@RMadridEngineer) May 25, 2019
2008 Copa win saw end of an era while 2019 starts a new chapter in Valencia's history
• Europe League Semi Finals
• 4th in La Liga two consecutive times
• Copa Del Rey win
Congratulations Marcelino & co pic.twitter.com/rmmy0ydRUd
To think, Marcelino was on the verge of being sacked in January and now he's a Copa Del Rey winner.