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Pep Guardiola’s Reaction To Man City’s Sixth Goal Sums Up Our Feelings On Boring FA Cup Final

Manchester City demolished Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday at Wembley. It was an expected result and the Hornets were never really in it, even if it was just a two-goal game at halftime. 

The win wrapped up a domestic treble (quadruple if you count the mostly meaningless Community Shield), the first ever in England. 

So dominant were the Citizens that their coach, Pep Guardiola, was made extremely uncomfortable by the final score. After Raheem Sterling completed his hat trick to make it 6-0, Guardiola’s reaction said a lot.

Did Pep feel bad his team was making Watford look bad? Was he embarrassed to play in a cup final against such an inferior opponent? Did he put money on City to win 5-0? Personally, we felt the same way, only we reacted out of boredom, wishing City had a decent opponent in the final (not that Watford didn’t earn its way). 

Who knows what exactly Guardiola was thinking, but he did lead his charges to a remarkable 2018-19 campaign, even if many in the English media have focused (rightly so) on the many misdeeds of City’s ownership in recent days.

Even the most ardent of Watford supporters didn’t have much faith their team would win on Saturday and City dominated from the start. 

David Silva scored the opener in the 26th minute to put the Citizens on their waltz to victory. You knew it was going to be a long day for Watford when David Silva outjumped a defender to help set up the goal. 

City made it 2-0 at the break when Sterling stole a goal from Gabriel Jesus, kicking the ball over the line when it should’ve been the Brazilian’s goal.

Kevin de Bruyne showed composure on the hour mark to up the lead to 3-0 and the rout was on.

Sterling would add two more and Gabriel Jesus would get his goal in the 68th minute to cap an incredible season for Manchester City. 

Sure, there was no Champions League glory (and there may not be any pending a possible UCL ban), but four trophies in one season ain’t bad. 

But we’re still trying to figure out what Pep Guardiola’s reaction to Sterling’s third goal — and City’s sixth — was all about. 

But maybe it had something to do with what Guardiola was explaining to Sterling after the match. Even after completing an historic season, Guardiola didn't stop coaching.

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