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Pep Guardiola ´s Manchester City is a candidate to win the Premier League and the Champions League this season, having one of the best and most expensive squads in the world. But for the team´s manager, it seems this is not enough.
Despite an impressive 6-3 win over Leipzig in the first Champions League Group A match on Wednesday, the Catalan coach complained that the stadium was not at 100% capacity, and so he declared it.
After his words, the answer was not long in coming.
Pep Guardiola discomfort
The match against Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium was attended by 38,062 spectators when the total capacity is 55,000. This caused discomfort in the Spanish coach, and his later statements did not go down well with the Manchester City management.
After that, Guardiola pleaded for more supporters to attend home games. He declared in a friendly way: “I would like more people to come to the next game on Saturday. We will need people next Saturday, please, because we are tired, I know. It’s going to be a tough game and they are very good and it will be an important game for us. That’s why I invite all our people to come next Saturday and watch the game.”
He was referring to the Premier League match against Southampton next Saturday.
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Angry answer from fans
Kevin Parker, General Secretary of Manchester City’s official supporters’ club, was quick to answer Pep without mincing words. “I’m not sure what that has to do with him. He doesn’t understand the difficulties some people might have getting to a game at the Etihad on a Wednesday night at 8 pm. They have to think about kids, they may not be able to afford it, there are still some issues because of Covid-19. I don’t see why you are commenting on it,” he stated.
“He’s absolutely the best coach in the world but, in the nicest possible way, I think maybe he should stick to that. I don’t think anyone anywhere in the club should question the loyalty of the fans. It’s frustrating.” he added.
To which Pep Guardiola was quick to reply that he had no intention to criticize Manchester City fans when he expressed his disappointment about the crowd at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Manchester City is currently in fifth place in the Premier League standings with nine points, only one point behind the leaders. This Saturday, the team will host Southampton in the fifth matchday of the English league.
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