Modern football is very, very strange.
What happened to the days of winning a trophy and just being proud of your side, focused on your own team’s achievement and celebrating the success with fellow like-minded supporters whilst blocking out the rest of the world?
That would be the realistic reaction for winning one trophy, perhaps.
So, to win three pieces of silverware should induce gloating and righteousness of the highest order, with extremely little care for what anyone else thinks or doesn’t think about the magnitude of your accomplishments.
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Why am I talking about this?
Well, in the build-up to Manchester City’s 6-0 FA Cup final win over Watford, Pep Guardiola revealed that he felt his side were underappreciated by the media.
The Spaniard pinpointed the fact that Paul Pogba’s angry confrontation with Manchester United fans after the final day defeat to Cardiff was at the forefront of the Daily Mail’s sports coverage, and not his side’s second successive title win.
Why does he care?
Why does the former Barcelona boss need validation from the media so badly when he, his players and the supporters are more than aware – and appreciative – of the club’s hugely impressive achievements?
Respect is earned, not given. Guardiola also touched upon how much more the media favoured Manchester United and Liverpool, England’s two biggest clubs with a rich history embedded in them.
City will get there. Guardiola may not be in charge when they do, but the Citizens will reach those heights in a few decades.
This mentality is stemming down into the supporters’ thinking as well.
Just days after Guardiola called the media out for their lack of interest in City’s achievements, one fan stormed the press box at Wembley after the 6-0 FA Cup final win – the biggest margin of victory since Bury beat Derby by the same scoreline in 1903.
The supporter embarked on a expletive-laden rant about how Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah will probably be on the back pages of the next day’s papers instead of City’s record victory and the resulting confirmation of a domestic treble.
Again, why is this the first thing on that man’s mind?
He was seething, waving his plastic City flag furiously towards the onlooking journalists as if he’d just seen his side relegated to the bottom tier of the English football ladder.
Modern football is a weird cauldron of egos in need of validation at every turn, and a little ruffle of the hair whenever they do something good; everyone just needs to chill out and be proud of their achievements without needing to be told how good they are.