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‘We need the people, please’: Pep Guardiola urges MORE Manchester City fans to join the Etihad . to attend

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‘We need the people, please’: Pep Guardiola urges MORE Manchester City fans to attend the club’s Premier League clash with Southampton in a thinly veiled dig at absent supporters

  • Manchester City defeated RB Leipzig 6-3 on Wednesday night in a nine-goal thriller
  • But manager Pep Guardiola admitted he wanted to see more fans at the Etihad
  • The Premier League champions receive Saints next, on Saturday 18 September











Pep Guardiola has urged more Manchester City fans to attend their matches in a thinly veiled dig at absent supporters.

City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 on Wednesday night in a compelling nine-goal thriller at the Etihad to kick-start their Champions League campaign.

But with Southampton next to the Premier League champions on Saturday, Guardiola admitted he wanted to see more home fans cheering on his side.

Pep Guardiola has urged more Manchester City fans to attend, in a dig at absent supporters

His comments come ahead of their Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday

He said: ‘The last three games we’ve played here, we’ve scored 16 goals. I would like to see more people come to the next game on Saturday.

‘We need the people, please, because we will be tired. I know that Ralph (Hasenhuttl)’s team is quite similar, the way they play. They are so dangerous and it is a very important game. So I invite all our people to come and watch this Saturday at 3 p.m.’

The Citizens defeated the German side, whose goals all came from Christopher Nkunku, with goals from Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus, plus a bizarre own goal from Nordi Mukiele.

Guardiola was very animated during the 6-3 Champions League win against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium, and had strong words with Riyad Mahrez

Guardiola was very animated during the 6-3 Champions League win against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium, and had strong words with Riyad Mahrez

However, the Spaniard admitted that Leipzig’s gung-ho style of play made them tough opponents.

He added: ‘It’s not normal, nine goals. We knew they would never give up. They have a special way of attacking and playing, they play absolutely all or nothing. Of course they make you run and whoever is more clinical and better in the last third part wins the game.

“It’s a young team, so aggressive, very strong. So it’s a fantastic team. The way they play … part of me is a big fan because they give a good message to football that no matter what happens you can play but of course the quality of (our) players was better today and that’s why we won.’

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