Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola called on local fans to give their players their full support to reverse a 1-0 deficit against Tottenham Hotspur in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Some tickets are still available for the match on the club’s website and Guardiola admitted he was curious to see what the atmosphere will be like for this match, which City must win if they want to continue in the race to win four titles this season, something unprecedented.
City fans routinely boo the UEFA anthem before matches, partly because of a large fine the club received from the European football governing body in 2014 for violating the rules of Financial Fair Play.
But Guardiola hopes that the “citizen” fans will put this animosity aside and only cheer on the team on Wednesday.
“At this stage, without the fans, we can’t pass. I’m looking forward to it. I’m really curious to see how our fans will react tomorrow,” Guardiola said at a press conference.
“They are human beings (the players), they will have bad moments in the match, and at that moment we need our supporters,” he added.
When asked what kind of atmosphere he wants at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola replied: “Like against Liverpool (an English league victory in January)… but a little better.