52,698 spectators watched Man City’s goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium with Southampton; 38,062 spectators watched City’s 6-3 win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday and Pep Guardiola asked for more to appear on Saturday, upsetting some fans.
By PA Media
Pep Guardiola admitted he felt “a little guilty” after Man City failed to deliver a winning performance for their fans against Southampton on Saturday.
The champions were confined to a frustrating goalless draw in front of an almost packed and vociferous crowd, as Guardiola had requested, at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola raised a rallying cry to fans in the middle of the week, stating that his team would be tired after their Champions League match against RB Leipzig and would need the energy from him.
“I never complained about how many come or not. I had never thought about it in my life. I don’t know why people ask me this question. I am grateful even if 85 or 100 people come ”.
In terms of the game itself, City were perhaps as tired as Guardiola suggested they would be.
They did not take a shot on goal until the 90th minute and escaped a huge shock when referee Jonathan Moss overturned decisions to award a penalty to Southampton and send off Kyle Walker after a VAR review.
Guardiola claimed that he did not see the Walker incident, but admitted that his team, which had a last-gasp Raheem Sterling winner ruled offside by the VAR, was not in the song.
He said, “We were not good at preparing. We lost single balls in our process because we weren’t smart and a little careless. That is why I have to congratulate Southampton. We move on. “
What’s next for Man City?
Manchester City welcome Wycombe to the Etihad in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday, and then travel to Chelsea in the Premier League for the start of lunch next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Southampton will head to Sheffield United for their Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday, then host Wolves next Sunday live on Sky Sports Premier League – kickoff at 2pm.