The Catalan coach has come under fire after appearing to scold supporters after the Champions League win over RB Leipzig.
Pep Guardiola claims he will not apologize for his comments about Manchester City fans and believes his comments have been misinterpreted.
After the 6-3 Champions League win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday, the Manchester City boss said he “would like it to be more crowded” for the Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday.
His comments prompted a backlash from some supporters who considered him critical after 38,062 people watched the game against the German team at the Etihad Stadium (53,500 seats), with the outdoor section being empty except for a handful of supporters.
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“Did I say after the game against Leipzig that I was disappointed that the stadium was not full?”. Guardiola said at a press conference. “An interpretation is an interpretation, I’m not going to apologize for what I said. I’m not saying anything bad, I’m surprised what happened about it.
“It is not the first time that I say it in my career, I said it to Barcelona and Bayern [Munich], when we played a tough match like in the Champions League, knowing that three days with a lack of preparation when Southampton had all week to prepare and how tough it will be, I made an approach to do something again together the following Saturday at 3 p.m. “
“What I said is that I would love to, we need support no matter how many people come, but I invite them to come and enjoy the game because we need their support.”
“If after five seasons people cannot understand my behavior, it is because they want to misunderstand what I said.”