Pep Guardiola pleads with Man City fans to attend games
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola calls after a 6-3 KO. RB Leipzig in the Champions League encourages more fans to visit the match in person.
It was a night of fun football at the Etihad Stadium as City celebrated another celebration with goals against the Bundesliga’s rising stars after the last 5-0 victories over Norwich and Arsenal.
But the efforts of Nathan Ake, Nordi Mukile (own goal), Riyad Mahres, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancello and Gabriel Jesus were only seen by 38,062 spectators, and City again failed to attract significant crowds for the Champions League clash.
After the game, Guardiola happily slipped into the empty space around the stadium – about 25% of the stadium’s capacity – and invited more fans to attend in person, starting with this weekend’s game against Southampton.
“I would say we’ve scored 16 goals in the last three games we’ve played here,” Guardiola told BT Sport. “So I want more people to come to the next game on Saturday, we need people next Saturday. Help.
The sovereign win over Leipzig was City’s fourth successive win and was a fantastic reaction to Tottenham’s first-day defeat; One that saw Guardiola’s side just a week after losing the City Shield to Leicester.
Kevin De Bruyne has been fine after injury, but team-mate Grealish is also in the spotlight – shining in his first Champions League game following his record £100m move from Aston Villa.
Grelish told BT Sport after the game on screen: “I love it. I’ve been waiting a while. I wasn’t looking forward to this match in the last few weeks. Great night.
“It was one of those games. It was everything. In the end we are happy to win against a good team full of energy and young players.”
“I’m happy I came out with the three points – both goals and assists. The ball came to me and if I was in that position and running in that zone I would have faced myself.” one try and it’s worth it. I had some bans in the first half. “