Pep Guardiola said it was never his intention to “offend” Manchester City fans after commenting on their attendance for Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Fulham.
City’s fourth-round 4-0 win over Fulham had a crowd of 39,223 at the 55,000-capacity Etihad Stadium.
Afterwards, Guardiola said:
“Motivation was right and hopefully in the next game against United, our fans can come and make the stadium full.
“It was not full. I don’t know why. (Wednesday) gives a chance to go back to Wembley. Hopefully they will support us more.”
“Of course I understand that. It’s difficult for the people to do that, it’s not necessary to tell me because I was part of that when I was a little boy with mum and dad. I know exactly what happened.
“When I came here I learned how important the league and the cup is – more than the Champions League. It was my mistake that I thought, oh it’s Sunday, today will be full. Of course people can decide [how to watch].
“I will try it again. To push them to be with us every single game. Full, full, full. It would be better, to do something for our people. It’s so nice to have them there. I know for them it’s not easy and that’s why I will always be grateful for the support.”