Pep wants more fans to give City pep

HAT-TRICK HERO: While striker Aguero showed his class in the 4-0 win, he would surely have enjoyed the outing more if the stadium was filled to its 53,000-strong capacity instead of drawing only 30,270 fans.


    Sep 16, 2016

    Pep wants more fans to give City pep


    MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola warned supporters the club cannot achieve success in the Champions League unless they start fully embracing the competition.

    Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as City opened their Group C campaign with a classy 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday in a game that had been postponed on Tuesday due to heavy rain.

    But as in previous group-stage games, the Etihad Stadium was far from full, with only 30,270 spectators present in an arena that can hold 53,000 on European nights.

    "Our fans, they have to know that we play for them," Guardiola told his post-match press conference.

    "It's our job, we are here, but to play without our fans, there is no reason why we are here. Our fans have to know that we need them in the Champions League.

    "Hopefully, against Barcelona and Celtic (their other group opponents), it will happen."

    City reached the Champions League semi-finals last season under Guardiola's predecessor, Manuel Pellegrini.