09/17/2021 at 12:30 PM CEST
City passed over RB Leipzig (6-3) at the start of the Champions group stage at the Eithad. At times Guardiola was tense, wanting to control every detail of the match, as Grealish and Mahrez could see in their own flesh, but at the end of the match, already more relaxed, he appealed to the fans to come to the Etihad on next weekend.
“I would like more people to come to the next game on Saturday. We will need people next Saturday, please, because we are tired, I know. It will be a tough game and they are very good and it will be an important match for us. That is why I invite all our people to come next Saturday at 3 in the afternoon and watch the game “, were the words of the Catalan coach to encourage the ‘citizens’ to fill their fiefdom.
38,000 fans followed the fantastic victory of theirs from the stadium, when the capacity is more or less than 55,000.
To the Secretary General of the Official Manchester City Fans Club, Kevin Parker, Santpedor’s words didn’t sit well with him and he responded harshly: “I’m not sure what that has to do with him. He doesn’t understand the difficulties some people may have getting to a match at the Etihad on a Wednesday night at 8pm.. He has to think about children, they may not be able to pay for it, there are still some problems from Covid-19 … I don’t see why he is commenting on it. ”
In short, he asks Pep to focus on the team and put these issues aside, since in his opinion, it detracts from the team’s work on the field: “He is the best coach in the world, but in the same way you I say maybe he should stick to training. Cover what was a good night. Now people talk more about Pep’s comments than about a fantastic game. Questioning the support, which is indeed what he is doing, is disappointing and unjustified. “
This situation is causing rival fans to call the City stadium: “Emptyhad”, making a play on words with the name of the stadium and the word ’empty’, which means empty. On this, he added: “I don’t think anyone at the club should question the loyalty of the fans. It’s frustrating”.