Liverpool’s James Milner: Leo Messi’s donkey insult & dredging up Man City past

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James Milner’s interview in the Mail on Sunday

The Mail on Sunday’s Oliver Holt has published a long interview with Liverpool’s James Milner this weekend.

The interview was held during Liverpool’s mini-break in Marbella.

Jurgen Klopp took his squad to Spain for some warm weather training ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham.

That match will be staged in Madrid this Saturday, June 1st.

Milner on speaking Spanish at home

The interview opened with Milner revealing how he often speaks to his kids in Spanish:

I’ve been doing it that long that if someone else’s kids come round, my natural instinct is to speak to them in Spanish because I’m used to speaking to children in Spanish.

I always wanted to speak another language. It seemed impressive when I heard people speaking different languages and flitting between conversations.

Milner’s Spanish skills came into play during Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Barcelona won the first-leg in the Camp Nou 3-0. Luis Suarez opened before Leo Messi scored twice.

During that match, Milner and Messi had a flare-up towards the end of the first period.

Messi was first challenged by Andy Robertson, before Milner knocked the Argentine over the sideline.

Leo Messi vs Man City’s Milner

Milner also played against Messi before in the Champions League, during his time at Man City.

Back in 2015, Barcelona knocked the Sky Blues out of the Champions League.

In the leg at the Camp Nou, Messi memorably left Milner on his backside after a brilliant nutmeg.

Pep Guardiola was left speechless watching in the crowd.

Barcelona’s Leo Messi insulted Milner by dredging up Man City past

Returning to Milner’s Mail on Sunday interview, the Liverpool midfielder revealed what Leo Messi said to him after their coming-together in this season’s Champions League semi-final:

He wasn’t happy. He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time as well.

He was calling me ‘burro’. It translates as donkey but I think it’s also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who goes around kicking people.

I asked him if he was all right, but he wasn’t having it.

I don’t think he realised I understood his Spanish. He said: “That foul you did, that’s because I nutmegged you”.

I left him to it at that point and went into the changing room. Look, I’ve only got admiration for him. He has earned the right to say what he wants.

The stuff he did in that game, stuff he has done his whole career, it makes him tough to play against. If you try and stop him, you can’t be scared of being made to look foolish. I’ve done it.

I’ve been nutmegged by him and it has been viewed a million times. I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last. He’s an incredible player.

But with players like that, you have to let them know you’re there and not let them have everything their own way. You just need to try to disrupt their rhythm.

You don’t want to hurt him but it’s a physical game and, if he’s running the game, you try and knock him out of his stride. It’s part of the game, the mental side.

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