Pep Guardiola worried as lesser fans turned up during Fulham match

Pep Guardiola worried as lesser fans turned up during Fulham match

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has urged the fans at Etihad Stadium to turnout more after the a record of 15,000 lower than the last attendance was booked.

Pep Guardiola couldn’t end the 90 minutes of his 4-0 win against Fulham without noticing the vacant seats at Etihad Stadium as only 39,223 were present to support the English team.

With goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and a Gabriel Jesus double wrapping up a routine victory, City cruised passed their Championship opponent on Sunday.

The manager is a great believer of the power of the supporters and appears to be worried that he is likely to be losing the support of the masses and in-turn have urged for the supporters to turn out more as they look to battle local rivals, Manchester United on Wednesday for the second leg of the Carabao Cup Semis.

“Today was not full – I don’t know why,” Guardiola said post-match.

“[Wednesday] is a chance to come back to Wembley for three years in a row. Hopefully our fans can come, more people than today.

“Hopefully they can support us more and make an intelligent game to reach the final.”

Recalling how the manager praised his fans for being the motive behind his 3-1 victory over Premier League opponents, Leicester City during the past month.

“I think today the spectators were incredible,” he said in December.

“We played so good. When that happens, our fans are always behind us. I have the feeling they are there when we play good. But we need them. The players deserve it.

“I need my fans when we concede a goal but have played incredibly well. We need them. We can’t always play 90 minutes perfect.

“Inside the first ten minutes we were not good. We lost some balls. We didn’t play simple. We didn’t start to connect again after the half-time break.

“In the bad moments, we need them. When the opponent is good, we need them to be a better team.”

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