After Wednesday’s Champions League win over RB Leipzig, Pep Guardiola said he “would like more people” on Saturday.
“I’d like more people to come on Saturday, we need the people….I invite all our people to come Saturday, 3 pm, to watch the game.”
The unprompted comments by Guardiola were surprising to many, not least to Manchester City supporters who felt it was a needless dig.
Speaking to The Guardian, Kevin Parker of the club’s official supporters’ club claimed Pep doesn’t have any understanding as to the reason there might not be a big crowd on a Wednesday night in the Etihad, and suggested he should stick to coaching.
However, Guardiola insisted that it is not his problem if his words were misinterpreted and he is not going to apologise for what he said.
He said in a press conference: “Did I say after the game that I was disappointed because the stadium was not full?
“Interpretation is interpretation. I’m not going to apologise for what I said.”
“Our fans will be there tomorrow.
“Hopefully [general secretary of the official Manchester City fans’ group] Mr [Kevin] Parker will be there to watch us”, he added.
These Guardiola’s comments has prompt Plenty of Sky Blues to react on social media.
People just tryna corrupt our relationship with the club, nothing wrong with what he said, it's all about interpretation 😂— 🇯🇲Kimario03🇬🇧 (@JMAR_03) September 17, 2021
There’s only one Kevin in Manchester, we don’t know no Parker— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) September 17, 2021
City fans are overreacting to this so much Omds— Connor (@Connor9320_) September 17, 2021
FFS media is trying to make Civil war happen because one guy said something— Cameron (@Cameron_MCFC_) September 17, 2021
Don't make more of this than there needs to be. Why are we picking a fight with the greatest manager the club has ever had?— avhughes (@avhughes) September 17, 2021