Opinion: Pep Guardiola isn’t in the wrong
Pep Guardiola‘s comments after a nine-goal thriller have sent the media into a frenzy.
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After Jack Grealish’s Champions League debut which resulted in an assist and goal for the England national, Pep Guardiola made his comment saying:
“I would like more people to come next Saturday - we need the people next Saturday because we will be tired! I know the team from Ralph [Hasenhüttl] is very similar, they have so much quality and are very dangerous - so I invite all our fans next Saturday, 3pm, to come and watch the game.”
At first glance, people took this as Pep slating Man City fans for the attendance vs. RB Leipzig but from properly analysing this, Pep was simply saying that the team will be tired due to fixture congestion and we will need even more of our incredible fans to get behind the squad as we face the all so difficult Saints.
Pep’s comments resulted in the Man City Supporters Club General Secretary saying Pep should ‘stick to coaching’. The Man City Boss responded to this by saying:
“Mr [Kevin] Parker should review the comments, but I will not apologise to him - absolutely not. Our fans will be there tomorrow. Hopefully Mr [Kevin] Parker will be there to watch us.”
The comments by Pep have been completely taken out of context, misinterpreted and wrongfully reported by certain media outlets as Pep Guardiola having a dig at our fans, even though we have one of the best average attendances in football with the Etihad being around 98% full on average.
Pep Guardiola has said that he ‘won’t apologise’ for the way people misinterpreted his comments and that he is an honest man. If Pep believes he has done something wrong - he will be the first to apologise.
It’s also important to realise that Pep is a native Spainyard and forever learning the so complex English language and the way he may wish to say something may not come out the way he intended.
We need to learn to not strike people down at first sight especially those who don’t even have English as their first language. And to those who honestly believe Pep would say something in spite of our fans is disappointing, considering this is the longest Pep has ever stayed in a club in his managerial career and is expected to stay longer while winning a blinding amount of trophies for us too.
In all cases, we need to remember the ‘Be Kind’ message that so many of us preach, especially to a man who has done everything he could for us.
Written by Shayne/@MCFCnow.