It’s always nice to see a team give the new title winners a guard of honour, isn’t it?
Last night, La Liga champions Barcelona faced Celta Vigo – a week after securing the league for the fourth time in the last five seasons – and the hosts honoured their rivals with the traditional pasillo ahead of the game.
But the Celta players weren’t lining up to applaud the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique.
With Barca set to face Liverpool in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final clash on Tuesday, manager Ernesto Valverde decided to rest his regulars and essentially fielding a second-string team.
Some of the names who walked out of the tunnel to Celta’s applauding players included Kevin-Prince Boateng, youngsters Moussa Wague and Riqui Puig and former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
What’s more, the likes of Messi and Suarez weren’t even in the match day squad, with the only familiar faces in the starting line-up being Ousmane Dembele and Arthur.
This sort of reminded us of the time Sir Alex Ferguson played a reserve side against Chelsea in 2007, forcing the Blues to applaud a Man United team made up of Dong Fanghzou Chris Eagles, Kieran Richardson and Tomasz Kuszczak a week after the Red Devils secured the Premier League title.
Easily one of the more bizarre moments of Fergie’s time at United.