Pep Guardiola has made what appears to be a subtle dig at the Manchester City faithful after he claimed that they often leave the Etihad before the game finishes.
City defeated Arsenal 2-1 yesterday to get their title challenge back on track. Guardiola’s side fell behind through Theo Walcott, before Leroy Sane levelled the scores with his first ever goal for the club. Raheem Sterling then scored the winner, turning inside Nacho Monreal and beating Petr Cech at his near post. You can see all the goals from yesterday’s game here.
In wake of his side’s victory, Pep Guardiola spoke to Sky Sports and revealed his delight at City fans remaining inside the stadium until the end of the game: “We had the spirit, we didn’t receive complaints from our fans, they enjoyed it. They stayed until the end of the game, normally they leave 10 or 15 minutes before the end but today they stayed.”
It is difficult to interpret whether or not this was an intentional slight at his side’s supporters. They will likely argue that they are entitled to leave whenever they like having paid the inflated ticket prices to be there in the first place.
If City continue to play in the manner that they did in the second half of yesterday’s game, it seems unlikely that anyone will be wanting to miss any of the action.