Thursday, October 21, 2021

Man City boss Pep Guardiola insists he won’t apologise for fan comments after backlash

Pep Guardiola has said that he will not apologise for his comments urging Manchester City fans to fill the Etihad Stadium for this weekend’s clash with Southampton after the Premier League champions failed to sell out ground for the Champions League victory against RB Leipzig in midweek.

The Spaniard was told to ‘stick to coaching’ by the club’s official supporters’ group after saying that he would like to see more fans in the stadium for their upcoming game with the Saints.

City defeated Leipzig 6-3 to kick off their Champions League campaign but the match was played in front of just over 38,000 people. The Etihad can hold up to 55,000.

“I would like more people to come to the next game on Saturday,” Guardiola told BT Sport after the fixture, in which six different scorers sealed a thumping success.

“We will need the people next Saturday, please, because we will be tired. I invite all our people to come next Saturday, 3pm, and watch the game.”

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