Manchester City comprehensively booked their place in the Champions League quarter finals on Tuesday night, beating Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium and going through 10-2 on aggregate. But the German side’s Twitter account proved they had a sense of humour as they took a swipe at the British prime minister, Theresa May.
Among the goalscorers on the night, netting his second in the tie overall, was former Schalke youth product Leroy Sane. The winger moved to City in 2016 for £37million and has proved a huge hit in Manchester, helping them to win three trophies so far, with a potential unprecedented quadruple the target between now and the end of the season. Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus all got in on the rout.
Replying to a tweet by former England striker Gary Lineker, who was anchoring BT Sport’s live coverage of the game, Schalke in directly made fun of British politics. By referencing her second lost vote on Brexit, the country’s decision to leave the European Union by 391 votes to 242, Lineker, while watching City into their opponents, suggested Schalke could lose as heavily as May did. Quick with the reply, their English social media team says they would like to see May defend against Sane.
That result and performance will have sent shockwaves around Europe. City were many people’s favourites to go all the way in this year’s Champions League, even before the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid we’re knocked out last week.
They will find out who they will face on Friday, but they’ll be aware that rivals Liverpool, who are going up against them for the Premier League title and ended their hopes of European success at the same stage last season, could be in the same draw if they can beat Pep Guardiola’s former club, Bayern Munich.
Whatever happens in the next round, and in the Brexit deadlock, we can all agree that it would be both cruel and hilarious to see Theresa May and Leroy Sane go head to head on a football pitch.
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