By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Manchester City’s boss, Pep Guardiola had demanded a massive presence of the fans in every of the club’s match. Most of the fans found his statement rude, and demanded for an apology.
Guardiola had demanded to see much fan base this weekend as his side will be hosting Southampton, compared to the 38,062 who watched his side’s 6-3 Champions League win over RB Leipzig in midweek.
He implied that Manchester City’s poor attendances and flat atmosphere for some European games are often used as taunts by rival fans.
In his pre match interview today, he commented on his past statement of urging massive attendance of city’s fans to their home matches atleast, he said : “Did I say after the game against Leipzig that I was disappointed that the stadium was not full? An interpretation is an interpretation.
“I am not going to apologise for what I said. What I said was we would love, and we need, the support.
“It doesn’t matter how many people come but I invite them to come and enjoy the game because we need the support.”
He claimed he wouldn’t question why fans ain’t forthcoming however he feels grateful at the great turnout in their last mid week match with RB Leipzig.
“I am entirely grateful for the support that we had against Leipzig,”
“I never have the words to ask why people don’t come. If you can’t come then don’t come “If you want to come it’s a pleasure, if you don’t, then don’t.” he said.
Meanwhile, the general secretary of Manchester City’s official supporters club, Kevin Parker, in an interview, said that Pep Guardiola should be more appreciative of the cost for fans in time and money of attending matches.
“He doesn’t understand the difficulties that some people might have getting to a game at the Etihad on a Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm,” Parker said.
“They’ve got kids to think of, they might not be able to afford it, there are still some Covid issues about. I don’t see why he comments on it.
“He’s absolutely the best coach in the world but, in the nicest possible way, I think maybe he should stick to that.” he concluded.