But even when they went a goal down, Swansea kept at it. They were rewarded by a Fernando Llorente goal shortly afterwards and Fer was joined by little Leon Britton and the rest of midfield in his attempts to snuff City out. Eventually, of course, they would relinquish parity, a rash elbow in the penalty area giving Aguero the chance to Panenko his team back in front. Later, when chasing for a point, they gave up so much space that Raheem Sterling was able to add a third.
The drawback with such intense pressing, of course, is that if everyone is running forwards like labradors in the park, they tend to leave large areas of space behind them ready to be exploited. As the game wears on, it becomes harder and harder to keep up the pace. But for all that, Swansea were far better than the scoreline suggested.
It may not be enough. Who could blame the Swansea board from being beguiled by the prospect of Giggs in the dug-out? But if this is the end, Guidolin, an understated, dignified manager, could leave with his head held high. He helped prevent the relegation of Swansea last season. He’s left a decent collection of players. And when it came to a highly pressurised, must win game against the best team in the land, he didn’t blink. He went for it. Better teams than Swansea would do well to take note.