Video footage shows what Pep Guardiola did to West Ham hero Mark Noble after Man City’s draw and it’s pure class.
West Ham held title-chasing Man City to a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium in what proved to be a scintillating farewell for Noble.
This was Noble’s final appearance in front of his home crowd as he retires next weekend.
And West Ham did him proud, taking a 2-0 lead through two excellently taken goals from the irrepressible Jarrod Bowen.
City showed their class and winning mentality as they emerged after half-time determined to turn the game around and take a step closer to a fourth title in five years.
West Ham were sitting deep and conceded two goals before Lukasz Fabianski saved a last gasp Man City penalty to ensure it ended honours even.
In many ways it was a good result all round. West Ham still have a very real chance to leapfrog Man United for sixth place – and a Europa League spot – on the final day.
Noble came on for the final minutes as West Ham held one of the best teams in world football and it kept the title race alive until the final day.
There is an old adage that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Well Man City manager faces an intense challenge from Liverpool for the title. And his side faced a huge challenge from West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Spaniard could have been forgiven for rushing down the tunnel at full-time after two points squandered in an epic title battle.
But video shows what Guardiola did to West Ham hero Noble after the Man City draw and it’s pure class.
Video shows what Pep Guardiola did to West Ham hero Mark Noble after Man City draw and it’s pure class
Guardiola sought out Noble on the pitch at the full-time whistle and waved his arms at the Hammers hero in worship fashion.
The pair then shared a long embrace as Guardiola spoke passionately to Noble.
After the game Guardiola then paid a glowing tribute to Mr West Ham, telling Sky Sports Noble is one of the last of a dying breed in world football ad congratulating him on his career.
A true touch of class.