Recall that after Manchester City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 in front of 38,062 spectators on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Pep Guardiola came out to call for more fans to show up for City’s Premier League game against Southampton.
Though the call annoyed some Manchester City fans to the extent the general secretary of Manchester City’s official supporters’ club, Kevin Parker urged the coach to stick to his coaching job, the Etihad Stadium was almost full during the Premier League game.
Unlike the Champions League game against Leipzig, 52,698 spectators were in attendance for the Southampton game.
Unfortunately for the home fans, Manchester City could not give the fans the spectacular show they put up in the Champions League game. The only solace the fans got from the match was that their club enjoyed the most of the possession and recorded more shots.
Despite the possession, Manchester City managed to earn a point without scoring a goal. The goalless draw placed City on the second spot with 10 points in 5 games pending the outcome of other weekend games.
As it stands, Pep Guardiola and his boys could slip down to the 5th spot if 3rd placed Manchester United and 4th placed Chelsea win their league games later today, September 19.
After the 0-0 draw between Manchester City and Southampton, Pep Guardiola came out to note that he always feel bad when things don’t go well.
“Always when the game is not good I feel bad for them”, he said. “They come to see a show, to see a game and when it doesn’t happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn’t play well.”
On what he said after the Champions League game against RB Leipzig, Pep Guardiola stressed that he didn’t say anything wrong. He only wanted more support from the club’s supporters.
“I didn’t say anything wrong after Leipzig”, he said. “I said we had an incredibly tough game, had an incredibly tough game against Southampton and we would need the support of our fans.
“I never complained about how many come or don’t come. I have never thought this in my life. I don’t know why people are asking me this question. I am grateful even if 85 or 100 people come.”
On the 0-0 draw, the Spanish tactician added: “We were not good in our build-up. We lost simple balls in our process because we were not clever and a little bit sloppy. That is why I have to compliment Southampton. We move forward.”
Manchester City’s one-third-around Etihad Stadium will come up on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. The EFL third round game is against Wycombe at 19:45.