The Manchester City faithful have flooded to social media this evening, to make clear their collective displeasure with Eric Garcia being introduced to the fray versus Brighton & Hove Albion.
Gundo on target
Pep Guardiola’s men are of course locked in Premier League action with the Seagulls at present.
The clash is of little importance to the Sky Blues, who have already locked up the title amid a potential treble-clinching campaign.
Nevertheless, though, Guardiola opted to field a strong starting XI at the Amex, featuring the likes of Ruben Dias, Rodri, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.
And it was the latter of these stars who, inside two minutes, appeared to have put the visitors on their way towards another comfortable three points.
Latching on to a typically pinpoint Riyad Mahrez delivery, Gundogan nodded beyond Robert Sanchez for his 13th goal of the Premier League campaign:
1’47 on the clock and Gundogan scores ⚡️
The champions aren’t slowing down. pic.twitter.com/oN1MEXm1ID
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) May 18, 2021
City’s comfortable evening, however, was thrown up in the air just minutes later, when Joao Cancelo was sent for an early bath after a coming together with Danny Welbeck on the edge of the Sky Blues’ area.
Guardiola, in turn, was left with a decision to make.
Kyle Walker was omitted from the visitors’ squad this evening owing to a fitness issue, leaving no natural right-sided defender for the City boss to call on.
In turn, somewhat surprisingly, Barcelona-bound Eric Garcia was introduced to the fray, with Ferran Torres the man sacrificed:
15. Unfortunately for @FerranTorres20 a change is needed 💙
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 18, 2021
And to say that Guardiola’s selection of his fellow countryman has since not gone down well with the City faithful would be putting it lightly.
In the aftermath of Garcia being introduced, Citizens supporters flooded to Twitter, to make their feelings crystal clear:
Garcia? TV off. Good luck to the rest of the team
— Ryan (@bernardooooV3) May 18, 2021
We trying to lose?
— alex 🏴 (@alexmcfc_1) May 18, 2021
Will garcia stay at city next season? NO
Why play him instead of Ake or Laporte who are going to play a role in the next season?
— Abdullah Aloke (@Aloke_Abdullah) May 18, 2021
No way have you just put a 💙 in a tweet about Garcia
— Dani (@Rodridiculous) May 18, 2021
11 v 9 now
— Adam 🍾🏆💙 (@adamtheskyblue) May 18, 2021
This is pure favoritism. Garcia OUT
— Kun Faheem (@Faheemzzz) May 18, 2021
I’d rather Carson at CB tbh
— Marco Galeotti (@MarcoGal2016) May 18, 2021
what a joke, why tf is this clown getting minutes when he’s decided to leave a year ago
— Cyrus™️ 🙇🏻♂️ (@SilkyCyrus_74) May 18, 2021
garcia on means tv off
— Max (@MaxxxA134) May 18, 2021