Pep Guardiola said he will not apologize to Manchester City fans after their protests for encouraging them to attend games.
The Spanish coach urged his fans to go to Saturday’s game against Southampton after only 38,000 attended the Champions League match against RB Leipzig, prompting Kevin Parker, general secretary of the official fan group, I would reply: “stick to training.”
“I am not going to apologize for what I have said. It is not the first time I said it, it also happened at Barcelona and Bayern Munich,” Guardiola said at a press conference.
“I am completely delighted with the support they gave us against Leipzig. I have never sat here and started to ask why people are not coming,” he added.
On whether he will apologize to Parker, who has criticized club people for questioning the loyalty of fans, Guardiola said he will not.
“We are proud of who we are. I know our history. I know that when we were in the lower divisions people traveled to see the team. People put words in my mouth that I did not say. I have no problem with the fans. If I did. “I would step aside. It was a very tough game against Leipzig, I saw how difficult it was for us in the locker room and I know it will be against Southampton as well. So I asked people to come help us.”
“There are people who did not understand my comments, but I am here to defend what I said. When I make a mistake, I will apologize, but I will not apologize for what I have said. I know who we are and I like the fans we have,” added Guardiola