Pep Guardiola reacts to Vinicius Jr’s skill on Fernandinho


Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager was seen holding his head in both hands after Vinicius Jr, Real Madrid’s winger, swept past Fernandinho.

After John Stones had to leave the pitch due to injury, the ever-dependable midfielder was used as a right back against Madrid. Vinicius Jr, his international teammate, humiliated the Brazilian midfielder halfway through the second period of their 4-3 victory in the Champions League semi-final at Etihad Stadium.

After being played the ball on the left-wing, Vinicius allowed the ball to roll through his legs – catching Fernandinho off guard and consequently nutmegging the veteran midfielder. Ederson was then able to pass the ball off to the winger who raced down the wing.

Guardiola felt that a goal coming from such silky skill was almost inevitable, as evident by his reaction to the captain being spun. Spanish boss FilmedHe sat with his head in the hands of Fernandinho, as he was nutmegged. Then he dropped to his knees and watched Vinicius sprint towards goal.

Due to Kyle Walker’s injury, Fernandinho had to fill in as a temporary full-back and Joao Cancelo was suspended, Fernandinho had to take over. Stones was playing there was also trying to cover up the gaps in this regard.

Though Guardiola will be pleased with his side’s performance, he will certainly feel that his side should be travelling to the Santiago Bernabeu with more than a one-goal advantage. City was ahead after 94 seconds. However, the Premier League outfit were always in control and were always threatening.

Pep Guardiola dropped to his knees as Vinicius Jr raced towards goal
Pep Guardiola fell on his knees when Vinicius Jr ran towards goal.

Guardiola stated the following to BT Sport, after the last whistle. “It was a fantastic game for both sides. We did many good things. Unfortunately, we conceded goals and we could not score more. But two games and we have another one in one week.

“We played a fantastic game against an incredible team. The moments where they rise and come back into the game in the first half I think we gave them as our build-up was so nervous. Normally we are so safe and so good. Also, they press really good and strong.

“All around the world and for Manchester City, we are so proud. But it is about reaching the final and sometimes football happens. We go to Madrid to try to win the game.”