Joleon Lescott insists Pep Guardiola had no intention of disparaging Man City fans

Joleon Lescott insists Pep Guardiola had no intention of disparaging Man City fans after his search for 17,000 empty seats at the Etihad… but admits it ‘could have been articulated differently’

  • Pep Guardiola called on Manchester City fans to watch their Southampton clash
  • His comments came after City beat RB Leipzig to Etihad .’s empty seats
  • The club’s supporters group called his words “disappointing” and “unwanted”
  • Joleon Lescott says Man City manager didn’t disrespect fans
  • But Lescott does believe Guardiola could have phrased his point differently











Joleon Lescott says Pep Guardiola had no intention of disparaging Manchester City fans when he asked for a bigger turnout during their clash with Southampton.

The manager was criticized for inviting fans to show up in larger numbers to their Premier League showdown after 38,062 City defeated RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.

Lescott believes Guardiola could have worded his point differently, but he understands the sentiment behind his comments – claiming the City boss was trying to ’emphasize the importance of the fans’.

Joleon Lescott (above) says Pep Guardiola had no intention of disparaging Manchester City fans when he asked for a bigger turnout during their clash with Southampton

Lescott said: “I understand Pep’s need to urge fans to come. Obviously it wasn’t full capacity, but I think he was trying to emphasize how important they are and the role they play in lifting the team when the mood is subdued at times.

“Maybe it could have been worded differently, but I always have that with my wife, but it’s one of those things that happens.

“I don’t think there is anything between the fans and Pep. They enjoy each other and appreciate the role they play for the club in the future.

The manager was criticized for inviting fans to show up in larger numbers to their Premier League showdown after 38,062 City defeated RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The manager was criticized for inviting fans to show up in larger numbers to their Premier League showdown after 38,062 City defeated RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.

“He didn’t (back) but he got a chance to articulate and explain what he meant and I think he’s walking the path of the importance the fans play in the success.

“We’ve played a season without fans and now to see them again and now every club realize how much they rely on them.”

Lescott’s comments came after Guardiola referred to the club’s atmosphere and presence before their Premier League game against Southampton.

Sportsmail reported how City received complaints from fans after his latest comments

Sportsmail reported how City received complaints from fans after his latest comments

Sports post previously reported how? City had received complaints from supporters following the manager’s latest comments.

He said: ‘I would like more people to come on Saturday, we need the people. I invite all our people to come and watch the game on Saturday at 3 p.m.’

He was then given a chance to apologize for his comments, but Guardiola said: “After the match against Leipzig, did I say that I was disappointed because the stadium was not full? Interpretation is interpretation.

“That’s why I’m asking for more quality over quantity – fewer games are better for everyone,” he said. “What I would like is the right prices for the fans, but I am not participating in that.”

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