The technician Pep Guardiola encouraged Manchester City fans to attend this Saturday’s game against Southampton, after only 38,000 attended the match against RB Leipzig, and they have responded that they “stick to training” and not question the loyalty of the fans.
The Spanish coach, in a good tone, asked that more people attend Saturday’s game against Southampton, so that there are not almost 20,000 empty seats as against Leipzig.
“I would like more people to come to the next match on Saturday. We will need more people, because we will be tired. I invite everyone to come and watch the match,” Guardiola said in the post-match interview with BT Sport.
However, these comments have not pleased the official group of City fans, who have not been slow to respond to their coach.
“What he has said has surprised me quite a bit,” Kevin Parker, general secretary of the City’s official fan group, told Sky Sports.
“He does not understand the difficulties that some people have to go to an Etihad game on a Wednesday night at 8 pm. People have children or they cannot afford it directly. There are still problems with covid. I do not understand why what does he have to talk about, “added Parker.
Despite the fact that only 38,000 of the 55,000 people that fit in the Etihad attended the match against Leipzig, the truth is that in Premier League matches, the capacity has been close to full, exceeding 50,000 spectators both against Norwich City as against Arsenal.
“He is surely the best coach in the world, but I mean it in the kindest way possible, he should stick to that,” Parker said.
“I don’t think anyone at the club should question the loyalty of the fans. It’s frustrating.”