Pep Guardiola had an amazingly dramatic reaction on the touchline as he watched Chelsea's Reece James destroy Benjamin Mendy on Saturday.
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.
Look at Guardiola's Reaction when Reece James destroyed Benjamin Mendypic.twitter.com/W7JLv54KTn- Nouman (@nomifooty) May 10, 2021
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.
Right infront of your coach by a fellow defender. Pep just couldn't believe his eyes https://t.co/YqLZEJDHRk- De STEPHANO (@distephanoo) May 10, 2021
Pep to scoop an £80million left back this summer asap , he's definately had enough of Mendy https://t.co/CovEldqdhk- Trent (@bridgeofbridge) May 10, 2021
If this doesn't make you laugh, I don't know what else will :joy: https://t.co/gEoe7bUgIn- charles joseph (@chalcollins) May 10, 2021
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.- Roman Wegotziyech (@ManoDelamonte) May 10, 2021
Lol!- Chinazum Yuji (@UgonnaYuji) May 10, 2021
Local man cannot can.
He is weeping!
Chelsea once made this man go on Sabbatical.....
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.
Reece James vs Benjamin Mendy was funny to watch. :joy::joy::joy::joy:- Kωαme Benαιαh:goat: (@kwamebenaiah) May 8, 2021
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.
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