‘They look like nightclub bouncers’: Fans react to Manchester City’s bold outfit choice ahead of the Champions League final against Chelsea… as players ditch traditional suits in favour of all black with tucked-in t-shirts
- Manchester City’s players sported an unusual look as they inspected the Estadio Dragao pitch ahead of the Champions League final against Chelsea
- They wore black t-shirts paired with smart trousers and shoes pre-match
- Their look was compared to that of ‘nightclub bouncers’ on Twitter by fans
- One Twitter comment described them as belonging to an ‘Italian Mafia family’
Manchester City broke with convention by ditching the traditional cup final suit and tie for an edgier sartorial choice ahead of facing Chelsea.
But the players’ attire of black tucked-in t-shirts, suit trousers and smart shoes drew comparisons with ‘nightclub bouncers’ on social media.
Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Co sported the look as they inspected the pitch at the Estadio Dragao in Porto ahead of the Champions League final.
Manchester City’s players paired black t-shirts with suit trousers and smart shoes as they looked around the Estadio Dragao in Porto ahead of the Champions League final
The City players decided against either cup final suits or tracksuits for their pre-match attire
Sergio Aguero (left), Gabriel Jesus (second left), Aymeric Laporte (centre) and Ederson (right) sport the all-black look as they inspect the pitch ahead of facing Chelsea
While one City fan account on Twitter commented that the dressed down look was ‘fresh’, others joked they resembled doormen at a nightclub.
‘Look like nightclub bouncers,’ remarked one user, while another joked it appeared they were ‘checking IDs’.
Another replied: ‘Fresh? They look like they are part of an Italian mafia family.’
Fans reacted with humour on Twitter, comparing the all-black attire to ‘nightclub bouncers’ or an ‘Italian Mafia family’
Mind you, Chelsea’s players also eschewed the formal look as they looked around the stadium in club tracksuits.
The all-English final on Saturday night is eagerly-anticipated as Chelsea aim to win the Champions League for the second time and City for the first time in their history.
There is a reduced crowd of up to 16,500 present at the Estadio do Dragao in north-west Portugal, roughly 12,000 of which are fans of either side, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chelsea’s players went for the club tracksuits as they looked around the stadium pre-match
White tracksuit tops and blue bottoms were the order of the day for the Chelsea players
Among them was City superfan and former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, who was seen pitchside ahead of kick-off.
He said: ‘I got here about three hours ago. It could be one of the greatest birthdays ever. It’s our first final. I’m bricking it. Because it’s an all-English final, the abuse I’m going to get from taxi drivers will be relentless if we lose.
‘The gaffer’s got form for it. I’m surprised (Raheem) Sterling’s starting. I’ve been asked all week how does it feel. I’ve been supporting our team for 47 years. I’ve seen us win one trophy until the Abu Dhabi group took over.
‘(Is it bigger than Glastonbury?) Absolutely. It’s going to be a really tight game. If Man City turn up at our best then we can beat Chelsea at their best.’
Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher was pictured at the stadium ahead of the Champions League final
Around 12,000 British fans have descended on the Estadio do Dragao in Porto for the match
Gallagher was also involved in a witty exchange with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on live TV.
Reds icon Carragher serenaded Gallagher out-of-tune with Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone for the musician’s birthday.
Noel then quipped: ‘Mate – that’s worse than one of your own goals,’ to huge laughs from Carragher and ex-City defender Micah Richards.