Not many things have stumped Manchester City on their way to a second-successive Premier League title but it appears one thing has.
Pep Guardiola‘s side were crowned champions on Sunday following a 4-1 win at Brighton to see them pip rivals Liverpool by one point.
And during the celebrations in the dressing room, some of City’s players wore the look of bemusement at their mementos given to commemorate the win.
Leroy Sane looked perplexed at receiving a stick of rock after Manchester City won the title
His fellow foreign team-mate Gabriel Jesus was also confused by the seaside confectionery
Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte (L-R) were the same
Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson was another who wore the look of bemusement at the gift
Being on the south coast, City were given sticks of rock sweets. However, the traditional English seaside confectionery confused their foreign stars.
While England Under 21 star Phil Foden happily accepted the gift, the likes of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus appeared puzzled by what they received.
Their bafflement was also matched by goalscorers Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Ilkay Gundogan while Nicolas Otamendi, Danilo and Ederson also seemed perplexed by the sweet.
And while that may have caused some confusion, City are under no illusions of what their targets are moving forward under Guardiola. The Spaniard has challenged o dominate English football and feed his winning addiction after retaining the Premier League title.
Guardiola became the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009 to retain the Premier League crown. He is demanding even more from his players, who put together a run of 14 wins to overcome Liverpool.
However, England Under 21 star Phil Foden looked happy with it as City celebrated on Sunday
‘Winning the title gives you a lot of energy… it’s so addictive,’ Guardiola said. ‘The line between success and failure is so, so tight.
‘That is the reality at the high level. That’s why we have to pay attention to those small details. Every season is tougher. Why should my players doubt what they do every training session? They follow us, they follow me. The big mistake we could do – and with me that is not going to happen – is believe we are something special.
‘We accept the challenge and I promise you we’ll come back and we’ll be stronger next season. It doesn’t matter what competition you play you have to prepare. Every three days the players are ready to win here and against the big contenders.
‘Liverpool haven’t won anything in the last four years! And this is Liverpool, like Manchester United, one of the biggest teams in England.
‘We know that we have won four or five titles in two seasons, but we know you might go four or five years afterwards without winning a title.’ City now head to Wembley on Saturday gunning to become the first team to ever complete a domestic Treble when they face Watford in the FA Cup final.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola lifted the Premier League title at Brighton on Sunday
Double champion Guardiola said: ‘Winning the title gives you a lot of energy… it’s so addictive’