As soon as the final whistle was blown at the end of the ill-tempered Premier League clash between Manchester City and Chelsea on Saturday, many people would have been frantically pressing ‘refresh’ in their browsers on City’s YouTube channel.
Why? Because after every league match at the Etihad Stadium, City release tunnel cam footage showing what happened from when the teams arrive until after the final whistle.
It’s usually fairly bland - but surely this latest instalment would be different, right?
After all, the match ended dramatically, with Sergio Aguero sent off for a horrendous challenge on David Luiz and then Fernandinho also given his marching orders after pushing Cesc Fabregas over an advertising hoarding following a brawl.
That City’s YouTube channel led with the enticing headline ‘TEMPERS FLARE AT THE ETIHAD!’ only increased the expectation that we were about to witness something juicy.
Everyone was excited for this tunnel cam footage
And expectation increased further when City re-uploaded the video this morning after initially deleting it on Sunday afternoon.
Did the fracas continue into the tunnel? Did Aguero and Fernandinho go mental after their red cards? How did Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte react? So many questions.
The players were civilised before the match
First of all, the players from Chelsea and Man City were all very civilised inside the tunnel before the match kicked off.
There were the standard handshakes, even a bit of laughing and joking between the two sets of players.
Gary Cahill’s own goal had made it 1-0 to the home side at half-time and although the crowd didn’t sound particularly happy - presumably because referee Anthony Taylor has decided against punishing Luiz for a challenge on Aguero - there was no visible animosity between the players.
Then we get to full-time but those hoping to see some fisticuffs inside the tunnel were left bitterly disappointed.
City have decided not to show either Aguero or Fernandinho making their way to the visitors’ dressing room after their red cards.
All we see is a few Man City players walking to the home dressing room and Yaya Toure swapping shirts with Oscar.
Where’s all the good stuff, Manchester City?
Of course, it’s possible that nothing of note happened inside the tunnel, but given how the match ended it’s pretty hard to believe.
Video: Tunnel cam footage from City v Chelsea
Here’s the tunnel cam footage from the Etihad Stadium in full…