Guardiola, after his team’s 6-3 victory over Leipzig in the Champions League, in the presence of 38,000 spectators, had previously spoken and demanded the presence of more fans in tomorrow’s match against Southampton.
The City coach’s comments did not impress Kevin Parker (general secretary of the club’s official fan club), who criticized the Spanish coach in turn.
Guardiola replied: “Mr Parker must review the statements again, I will not apologize.”
He added: “It is not the first time I have said this in my career, I said it before in Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”
He continued: “Did I say after the match that I was disappointed because the stadium was not full? I will not apologize, and I am surprised by what has happened since then.”
“I’m not going to apologize for what I said – I was honest.”
Pep Guardiola has responded to criticism from MCFC fans after he asked for more fans to attend matches at the Etihad Stadium, with there being more than 15,000 empty seats for their UCL clash on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/ucXQ5utJo4
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He continued: “I have no problems with the fans, I saw how difficult the Leipzig match in the dressing room was, I know that facing Southampton will be difficult, and therefore I asked for the fans’ help.”
He continued: “What I said is that we love the support, we need more support, to have 40 or 50 thousand fans in the stands, we need their support, I was very grateful for the support we got, we will be happy if more viewers come.”
He concluded: “I’d rather be with the fans than without them. If they don’t come, that’s perfect! And if you want to come, it’s my pleasure.”