On Monday night, Real Madrid retorted to Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s ‘club of the regime’ comments by posting a video on social media in an attempt to depict the Catalans as the ones who benefitted from General Franco’s regime.
Earlier in the day, Laporta had called Real Madrid out alleging that they had been receiving favourable treatment from authorities for ages, before terming them the ‘regime club’.
The Merengues then responded with a video in which they tried to paint Barcelona in poor light by stating that they were saved from bankruptcy by Franco on three occasions and other aspects such as Camp Nou being inaugurated by one of the former dictator’s ministers.
The Government of Catalunya hit out at Real Madrid over the video earlier today, calling it ‘irresponsible, insulting, and offensive,’ while also asking for the clip to be taken down and an apology from the reigning La Liga champions.
Barcelona have not responded to the actions of their rivals thus far. But, Toni Juanmarti has now come up with an extensive report outlining the mood within the Blaugrana camp after Real Madrid posted the video.
The journalist reports that Barcelona believe that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ‘shot himself in the foot’ by posting the video about Franco. It is claimed that the current league leaders have been left surprised by their rivals trying to fight the ‘reality of the Franco era’.
In fact, Barcelona now feel that Real Madrid’s actions have left them open to countless evidence of Franco’s affinity towards them and the relationship between the two parties.
The Catalans are also pleased by the number of videos and images circulating on social media that showcase Franco’s liking towards Real Madrid, which leaves them in a bad position.
Barcelona were of the belief that Perez and Real Madrid would stray from bringing up the Franco era as they themselves would have everything to lose by doing so. But they did so by posting the video and the Catalans feel they have shot themselves in the foot.
Meanwhile, the Catalan giants are aware that this breakdown relationship between the two clubs could lead to the stagnation of the Super League project.