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Pep Guardiola's Hilarious Touchline Reaction To Reece James Destroying Benjamin Mendy

Alex Reid


Pep Guardiola's Hilarious Touchline Reaction To Reece James Destroying Benjamin Mendy

Pep Guardiola had an amazingly dramatic reaction on the touchline as he watched Chelsea's Reece James destroy Benjamin Mendy on Saturday.

The Manchester City boss is always animated, but he took it to another level during this game at the Etihad (which ended in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea to delay City's Premier League title celebrations).

Right-back James was up against Mendy when he took the ball clean past him and sped away towards the City goal. Guardiola - ever understated - slapped his hands in pure exasperation, then turned away and collapsed to the deck while shielding his eyes from The Horror he just witnessed.

Frankly, it's the kind of reaction we'd expect if a team conceded a last-minute winner in a cup final against their arch enemy. Not because your full-back lost a one-on-one duel on the halfway line.

"He had the look of a man that now has to go and explain to the Sheikh why he needs £200m to buy a new left-back," analysed one football fan on Twitter.

"He is weeping! Chelsea once made this man go on sabbatical," joked another.

But then Guardiola had a frustrating time of it on Saturday throughout the afternoon. His City side took a 1-0 lead via Raheem Sterling in a game where, had they won, they would have clinched the title ahead of second-place Manchester United.

However Sergio Aguero's telegraphed Panekna penalty was saved before half-time, then Cesar Azpilicueta equalised in the second half, before Timo Werner struck the winner in injury time, laying down a marker ahead of the Champions League final at the end of May.

Mendy was off the field by the time of Chelsea's winner - replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko - and is perhaps unlikely to start the final, as Pep had rested a lot of first-team players at the weekend.

However Guardiola's dramatic body language on the sideline suggested the Catalan coach was anything but chilled about the outcome of this game.

Topics: Manchester City, Chelsea, Pep Guardiola, Reece James, Premier League, Benjamin Mendy

Alex Reid
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