Man City boss Pep Guardiola revealed that he will not apologize for calling out fans to attend their home game against Southampton. Guardiola called upon the fans after a disappointing attendance of 38,062 for their 6-3 win against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. The Etihad Stadium has a seating capacity of 55,000. The general secretary of the official supporters club said Guardiola should stick to coaching as he is unaware of the difficulties supporters face for the late kickoff. He also pointed out that their two home games against Norwich (51,437) and Arsenal (52,276) were close to full capacity.
“Did I say after the game that I was disappointed that the stadium was not full? An interpretation is an interpretation.” Man City boss Pep Guardiola said. “I am surprised about what happened with this man. It’s not the first time I’ve said this in my career. I am not going to apologize for what I said. What I said was 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.”
“Always I’ve said, guys if you want to join us I will be incredibly happy because I know how difficult it will be. I prefer to be with my people than without my people. But if they don’t come for any reason it’s perfect.” he added. “I never say ‘Why didn’t you come?’. Mr. Parker should review the comments I’ve done the day after, but I will not apologize to him. The club is the most important thing and the most important part of the club is the fans. They sustain it. I love this club, I am part of this club. When people are not happy with me I will leave, that is for sure.”
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