Guardiola refuses to apologize for criticizing half-full at Etihad Stadium

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to apologize for criticizing the absence of fans in Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League match against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

Manchester City won the match 6-3 but after the final whistle, Pep Guardiola urged ‘more people to come to his club’s meeting with Southampton on Saturday. His comments drew criticism from a group of Cityzens fans, who told him to continue coaching.

Asked if he regretted his comments before the Saints’ game, Pep Guardiola twice said: “Interpreting the interpretation. I will not apologize for what I said. This is not the first time I have said that in my work – I said FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich.

“When we played a tough game like RB Leipzig and played 3 games later against Southampton I know how hard it is, to ask us all to do it again on Saturday.

“What I have said is that we need support, no matter how many people come but I invite them to come and enjoy the game because we need support.

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