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Pep Guardiola will ‘not apologize’ for comments made about fans

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on October 7, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Pep Guardiola has come out to defend his comments following Manchester City’s midweek win over RB Leipzig. Guardiola made a plea for more fans to attend Saturday’s game against Southampton after just 38,062 fans showed up for the team’s Champions League opener. City supporters have fought back on the comments, but Guardiola says he will ‘not apologize.’

Despite the backlash from Manchester City supporters, Guardiola believes there was a misinterpretation of his comments, and that is why he does not feel the need to apologize. Speaking in his press conference today, he said.

“I am not going to apologize for what I said. What I said was that we need their support. I was honest. Did I say after the game that I was disappointed because the stadium was not full? Interpretation is interpretation.”

Pep Guardiola

After Man City’s 6-3 trouncing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola spoke of the need to fill the stadium after the Etihad saw an attendance of less than 70% on Wednesday.

“I would like more people to come to our next game on Saturday. We need the people, please. We will be tired. I invite all our people to come next Saturday, 3 pm.”

Pep Guardiola

An honest opinion from the Manchester City manager, but his fans have not taken kindly to it. The Man City official supporter’s club suggests the ‘best coach in the world’ sticks to coaching.

“He’s absolutely the best coach in the world. I think maybe he should stick to that. He doesn’t understand the difficulties that people might have getting to a game at the Etihad on a Wednesday evening. They’ve got kids to think of, they might not be able to afford it, there are still Covid issues about. I don’t see why he comments on it. It did surprise me. To question the support is disappointing and uncalled for.”

Kevin Parker

Manchester City returns to Premier League action on Saturday at home against Southampton, following the backlash against Guardiola’s comments. The team could be more likely to be looking at an empty Etihad stadium rather than a full one when they take to the field at 3 pm.

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