It’s been a glorious 2018 for Manchester City for not only did they do the Premier League and Carabao Cup double, but they also wrapped up the Community Shield on Sunday, so it was a given that Kevin De Bruyne and Co. would upload celebratory posts on their social media handles.
With the uproarious antics of Benjamin Mendy, you would be forgiven into thinking ‘Le Shark’ was the one who got the most amount of traction online.
It was, however, De Bruyne who took a leaf out of his teammate’s book with a tongue-in-cheek caption and the post just had to go viral:
The joke, of course, is the fact that the central midfielder didn’t play a single minute of City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
De Bruyne, who starred for Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the Belgian Red Devils finished third, only just reported back for training and wasn’t even on the bench for the clash in the English capital.
Pep Guardiola’s men made do without several of their regulars against the Blues, a worrying sign for the rest of the Premier League.
Last season, City were head and shoulders above the rest and on Sunday’s showing, it doesn’t look like much has changed.
So far, they have made just one senior signing of note in Riyad Mahrez and are expected to close a deal for a defensive midfielder before the transfer deadline shuts on August 9.
Even if they fail to sign a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, the Citizens remain the team to beat.
Save Liverpool, all of their other rivals seem to either be in disarray (Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur) or in the process of rebuilding (Arsenal, Chelsea).