Pep Guardiola’s team are dominant now but their success and the wealth that has driven it may be best left to posterity
The fans were warned not to invade the pitch. There was a message on the big screen a few minutes before the end, a reminder on the public address system that entering the playing surface was strictly illegal and would not be tolerated. There was a line of stewards and police officers poised like sprinters by the touchline, ready to secure the turf as soon as the game ended.
And then the game ended and within seconds the grass was engulfed by stampeding boots and pounding steps and one little girl doing cartwheels, which to be fair was very cute. “PLEASE LEAVE THE PITCH,” the announcer pleaded again, as Manchester City’s players and staff dodged a swarm of flying bodies, some fully clothed and some not, each one bearing a smartphone with a little blinking red dot on the screen. They weren’t really celebrating, you see; they were simply taking what they thought was theirs. A few guys decided to carry out a strength test on the goalposts at the south end of the ground: a task probably best left until the summer and to trained maintenance personnel.
Written by Jonathan Liew at the Etihad Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2023/may/21/manchester-city-can-manage-pitch-invasion-but-not-the-clubs-legacy under the title “Manchester City revel in coronation but they cannot control their legacy | Jonathan Liew”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.