Before last week Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon had never faced Barcelona’s first team and in the space of 72 hours he tested himself against LaLiga Santander’s leaders twice in two Clasico battles.
His football, self-confidence, pride and desire has won the Real Madrid fans over despite the Catalans collecting two wins at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
It wasn’t just the Madrid fans who were aware of his level, either. Barcelona began to worry about the youngster and saw him as an obstacle as they sought a positive result, with Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez having their own personal battles with Reguilon.
The Uruguayan, in particular, was constantly gesturing in appeal for things that only he himself knows.
Anyone who knows Reguilon speaks of his nerve and eagerness to play, but what is said more than anything else is his tranquility when away from the football pitch and removed from a competitively tense environment.
Suarez looked to take advantage of the full-back’s inexperience and beat him the first time they went up against one another, but then Reguilon responded and Suarez’s night wasn’t easy, leaving him on edge.
There were also pluses and minuses in his battle with Lionel Messi. The Argentine became frustrated and swiped at the Spaniard, who didn’t take kindly to it and reacted.
Pique was the third rival as the defender served a reminder to Reguilon that his gestures only served to win over fans, but the Madrid player didn’t take that without responding either.
It’s telling that Barcelona saw him as a threat and a danger and it has been proven that Reguilon is ready to become a top player at the Bernabeu.