Guardiola refuses to apologise after facing Man City fan backlash

City
beat
Leipzig
6-3
in
their
Champions
League
opener
on
Wednesday,
yet
the
Etihad
Stadium
was
far
from
full.

Guardiola
said
afterwards
that
he
hoped
fans
would
come
and
back
the
team
in
their
next
outing,
against
Southampton
on
Saturday.

This
led
to
anger
from
City’s
official
supporters’ club,
whose
general
secretary
Kevin
Parker
told
Sky
Sports:
“[What
he
said]
did
surprise
me.
I’m
not
sure
what
that’s
got
to
do
with
him.

“He’s
absolutely
the
best
coach
in
the
world
but,
in
the
nicest
possible
way,
I
think
maybe
he
should
stick
to
that.”

The
subject
was
broached
again
in
Friday’s
pre-match
news
conference,
and
a
spiky
Guardiola
said:
“Did
I
say
after
the
game
against
Leipzig
that
I
was
disappointed
because
the
stadium
was
not
full?

“An
interpretation
is
an
interpretation,
I
am
not
going
to
apologise
for
what
I
said.
I
am
surprised.
It
is
not
the
first
time
I
have
said
it
in
my
career.
When
you
play
a
game
like
in
the
Champions
League,
so
tough
like
it
was,
with
three
days
with
a
lack
of
preparation,
and
Southampton
have
had
a
full
week,
we
know
how
difficult
it
will
be.

“So
to
make
an
approach
to
do
something
together
again
the
next
Saturday.
What
I
said
is
we
would
love,
we
need
the
support,
of
10,000
people,
40,000
people,
50,000
people,
it
doesn’t
matter
how
many
people
come.
But
I
invite
them
to
enjoy
another
game
because
we
need
their
support.

“After
five
seasons,
if
people
can’t
understand
my
behaviour
about
the
fans,
it’s
because
they
want
to
misunderstand
what
I
said.
I’m
not
going
to
apologise
for
a
second.

“We
would
be
incredibly
happy
for
you
to
come
against
Southampton
because
I
know
how
difficult
it
will
be
and
I
prefer
it
to
be
with
the
people
than
without
the
people.
But
if
they
don’t
come
for
whatever
reason,
it
is
perfect,
I
never
say
why
you
didn’t
come.
If
you
don’t
come,
don’t
come.
So
I
will
not
apologise,
absolutely
not.”

It
was
a
subject
Guardiola
seemed
unwilling
to
drop,
even
when
asked
how
satisfied
he
was
with
so
many
different
players
getting
on
the
scoresheet
so
far
this
term.

“When
we
lose
a
game,
it
will
be
said
that
we
need
a
striker.
What
we
have
to
do
is
to
try
to
play
better,
to
do
it
in
another
way,”
he
said.

“We
know
we
don’t
have
a
player
who
scores
25
goals,
we
don’t
have
this
player
with
this
quality
so
we
have
to
do
it
as
a
team.
It
is
important
that
everyone
is
involved.
We
are
going
to
try
and
do
it
again
against
a
really
tough
opponent.

“[Southampton]
played
against
[Manchester]
United
at
home
really
well,
United
was
lucky.
And
some
of
the
toughest
games
we
had
last
season.
At
home
we
won
5-2
in
the
end,
but
in
the
first
30
minutes
they
were
the
team
that
created
more
problems.
They
were
so
brilliant,
incredible
and
I
know
Ralph
[Hasenhuttl]
from
when
he
was
in
Germany
and
it
will
be
a
similar
game
as
against
Leipzig.

“They
are
clear
with
what
they
have
to
do.
With
a
lack
of
rest,
playing
Champions
League
is
so
demanding.
They
have
had
a
long
week
to
prepare
the
game
and
that’s
why
we
need
everyone
to
help
us
to
do
our
best,
and
I
know
our
fans
will
be
there
tomorrow
to
support
us
and
hopefully
Mr
Parker
will
be
there
to
watch
us.”

Southampton
drew
1-1
with
United
last
month
but
have
yet
to
win
a
Premier
League
game
this
season,
picking
up
three
points
in
four
games
so
far.

Guardiola
went
on
to
insist
he
is
happy
with
the
support
his
City
team
have
received
during
his
time
at
the
club.

“We
are
who
we
are,
we
are
proud
about
who
we
are,”
he
said.
“I
know
the
history,
I
learned
the
history
about
how
in
the
lower
divisions
and
what
it
means
to
travel
and
support
the
team.
I
respect
it
a
lot.

“I
don’t
want
to
be
like
United,
like
Liverpool,
Barcelona,
Bayern,
Madrid,
all
the
big
clubs.
We
are
who
we
are,
I
like
it.
Don’t
put
words
in
my
mouth,
I
don’t
like
that.
I
never
have
a
problem
with
the
fans,
I
am
one
of
them
since
day
one.
I
like
to
play
in
the
stadium
with
my
fans.

“I
was
incredibly
happy
after
Leipzig,
I
saw
how
exhausted
my
team
were
and
I
was
thinking
in
that
moment
of
Southampton,
in
three
days,
and
I
said,
‘Come
to
join
us
guys,
come
to
do
it
together’,
because
I
know
how
difficult
it
will
be.
This
is
my
message.

“If
guys
want
to
misunderstand
the
situation
or
my
comments,
this
is
the
problem,
but
I’m
here
to
defend
what
I
said.
If
I
make
mistakes,
I
will
say,
‘Sorry
guys,
I
apologise’.
In
this
case,
I
will
not
apologise
for
exactly
what
I
said
and
my
intentions.
I
know
who
we
are,
and
the
team
and
I
like
the
fans
that
we
have.”

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