A lot was said on the battle with Vincent Kompany by Troy Deeney prior to the FA Cup final tie between Watford and Manchester City.
Both side’s respective captains knew they’d be in for a tough battle between one another. Deeney loves to rough up his opposing centre-half, winning as many headers as he can and making life tough for them in the process.
Before the showpiece event, the Hornets skipper said: “I’m going to just talk about myself here. I think if I play well they’ll have had a very difficult day.
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“If there are a lot of crosses in the box, as much as I really respect Mr Kompany, he’d say it’s not going to be an easy day.
“If I’m on my A game it’ll be a very difficult game for whoever’s playing.”
As we now know, it really wasn’t a difficult day for anyone in a sky blue shirt at Wembley on Saturday as City obliterated Watford by six goals to nil.
Deeney earned an embarrassing 5.85 rating on WhoScored, and failed to even have a single shot on Ederson’s goal to make his bullish pre-match words look all the more misjudged.
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The 30-year-old also only had 33 touches of the ball, the joint-least out of all of his teammates who started the game – Heurelho Gomes in goal had more with 37.
Deeney was well and truly phased out of the game by Kompany, who’s facial expression to the striker after City scored their fourth goal was a sight to behold.
It made a mockery of the confident pre-match words from the Englishman, and looked as if the Belgian was thinking something along the lines of, “Well, that went well for you, didn’t it?”
He probably wasn’t thinking just that, because Kompany is a man of too much class to be petty; although, his facial expression gave a lot of hilarity to a miserable situation for Deeney.
From one Skipper to another…
Vincent Kompany had a message for Troy Deeney 👀 pic.twitter.com/GreiAQzyH6
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 19, 2019