Man City are named ‘best bench in history’ as Grealish top £490m stars chosen as substitutes for Chelsea game

PEP GUARDIOLA this afternoon named the “best bench in history” for Manchester City’s game against Chelsea.

The reigning Prem champions went into the game having already retained their title thanks to Nottingham Forest’s win over Arsenal yesterday.

Jack Grealish was benched by City


Jack Grealish was benched by CityCredit: GETTY

Guardiola responded by changing his squad for the Chelsea game and appointing a star-studded bench at a cost of a staggering £490million in the process.

At £100m, former prem transfer record holder Jack Grealish was City’s most expensive sub.

Midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri were also on the bench, costing £66m and £61m respectively.

Defenders Ruben Dias (£62m) and John Stones (£48m) were also available on the touchline for Guardiola.

Ederson, a £35m stopper, took the afternoon off while understudy Stefan Ortega was given a chance.

And £52m record-breaking goalscorer Erling Haaland was replaced in the line-up by Julian Alvarez, while midweek Champions League hero Bernardo Silva (43m) was also on the bench.

At £23m, Ilkay Gundogan was City’s cheapest substitute.

Commenting on City’s stunning selection of substitutes, one fan wrote: “This bench will literally win the Champions League.”


A second mused: “I wonder if Man City’s bench today is the best starting bench for a football match the world has ever seen.”

Another purred: “The greatest bank in history.”

Another social media user added: “This Man City bench is certainly the best bench in the history of football.”

City's star-studded bench is warming up


City’s star-studded bench is warming upCredit: GETTY


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