Pep Guardiola Pleads Fans to Fill Stands at Next Manchester City Game

Published 09/16/2021, 3:09 PM EDT


Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City defeated Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig, in a high-scoring UCL encounter. The 9-goal thriller included a hat-trick from Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku and had 5 different City players on the scoresheet. Notably, the game ended 6-3 in favor of the Citizens.

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City took the lead early on, courtesy of a sublime header from Nathan Ake. Thanks to Nordi Mukiele’s own goal, they soon doubled their advantage, a little before Nkunku pulled one back for the away side. The first half ended with Riyad Mahrez scoring a penalty and the scoreline reading 3-1.

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Nkunku scored a brace early in the second half to complete his hat-trick. However, his heroics weren’t enough, as goals from Grealish, Jesus, and Cancelo sealed the tie for the Manchester side.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Manchester City v RB Leipzig – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – September 15, 2021 Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus celebrate after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Pep Guardiola calls on Manchester City fans for more support

Despite the sheer class of this City team, empty stands have been a familiar affair recently. There have been multiple instances where sections of the Etihad Stadium have remained unoccupied. Sadly, so was the case again as the men in blue kick-started their Champions League campaign last night.

Hence, post his side’s clash, Guardiola pleaded with City fans to show more support to their team. He also highlighted City’s goal-scoring prowess and how their matches are entertaining. “I would say the last three games we played here we scored 16 goals. So I would like to come more people next game on Saturday, we need the people next Saturday. Please,” he said.

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Onto the next one

Pep also spoke about their next match against Southampton in the Premier League. He pointed out the similarities between Southampton and Leipzig’s style of play, and hence, wanted the fans’ support in the forthcoming fixture.

“We will be tired. I know the team from Ralph [Hasenhuttl, Southampton manager] is quite similar to the way they play. They are so, so dangerous with good quality and it’s a really important game for us. So I invite to all our people to come next Saturday, 3 pm, to watch the game,” he added.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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