Pep Guardiola revealed that he felt a little guilty for the fans after Man City played out a goalless draw against Southampton in the Premier League. They played out a stalemate in front of a packed Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Guardiola asked the City fans to come and watch their side after the stadium during their Champions League win against RB Leipzig was not at full capacity.
“Always when the game is not good I feel bad for them. They come to see a show, to see a game and when it doesn’t happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn’t play good.” Man City coach Pep Guardiola said. “We were not good in our build-up. We lost simple balls in our process because we were not clever and were a little bit sloppy. That is why I have to compliment Southampton. We move forward.”
Guardiola faced a backlash from a number of City fans including the general secretary of the official supporters club who suggested that the Man City coach should stick to coaching. He later clarified his comments before the game.
“I didn’t say anything wrong after Leipzig. I said we had an incredibly tough game, had an incredibly tough game against Southampton and we would need the support of our fans,” he added. “I never complained about how many come or don’t come. I have never thought this in my life. I don’t know why people are asking me this question. I am grateful even if 85 or 100 people come.”