Joleon Lescott insists Pep Guardiola didn’t mean to disrespect Man City fans after his dig at 17,000 empty seats at the Etihad… but admits it ‘could have been articulated differently’ 

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  • Pep Guardiola calls on Manchester City fans to watch their Southampton struggle
  • His comments after City beat RB Leipzig in front of Etihad’s vacant seats
  • The club’s supporters’ group called his words ‘disappointing’ and ‘unnecessary’.
  • Jolene Lescott says Man City manager didn’t mean to disrespect fans
  • But, Lescott believes Guardiola could have made his point differently

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Jolian Lescott says Pep Guardiola didn’t mean to disrespect Manchester City fans when he asked for more attendance during their clash with Southampton.

The manager has been criticized after inviting fans to turn up in greater numbers for their Premier League showdown after City saw 38,062 beat RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.

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Lescott believes Guardiola could have expressed his point differently, but understands the sentiment behind his comments – claiming that the City boss is trying to ’emphasize the importance of fans’. Were were

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Jolene Lescott (above) says Pep Guardiola didn’t mean to disrespect Manchester City fans when he asked for more attendance during their clash with Southampton.

Lescott said: ‘I understand that Pep needs to urge the fans to come. Obviously it wasn’t full potential, but I think he was trying to emphasize the importance of him and the role he plays in raising the team when the mood gets bogged down at times.

‘Maybe it could have been expressed a little differently but I have it with my wife all the time but it’s one of those things that happens.

‘I don’t think there’s a point between the fans and Pep. They enjoy each other and appreciate the role they play for the club in the future.

The manager has been criticized after inviting fans to come in greater numbers for his Premier League performance after City saw 38,062 beat RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The manager has been criticized after inviting fans to come in greater numbers for his Premier League performance after City saw 38,062 beat RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.

‘He (Back Down) didn’t, but he was given a chance to clarify and explain what he meant and I think he’s going down a path of importance in the success of the fans.

‘We’ve played a season without fans to look back on them and now every club realize how much they rely on them.’

Lescott also backed Guardiola as he suggested that ticket prices are too high at the top end of football.

The 39-year-old said: ‘I don’t think he’ [Guardiola] Means disrespect to the fans. He understands that it is financially difficult for a lot of people, the club will work with the fans to reduce that factor.’

Lescott’s remarks came after Guardiola cited the club’s atmosphere and attendance for the Premier League match against Southampton.

Sportsmail reports how City received complaints from fans following their latest comments

Sportsmail reports how City received complaints from fans following their latest comments

sportsmail previously told how City had received complaints from supporters after the manager’s latest comments.

He said: ‘I want more people to come on Saturday, we need people. I invite all my people to come see the game on Saturday, at 3 pm.’

He was then given a chance to apologize for his comments, but Guardiola said: ‘Did I say after the game against Leipzig that I was disappointed because the stadium was not full? Explanation is interpretation.

“That’s why I’m asking for quality over quantity – fewer games will be better for everyone,” he said. ‘What I would prefer is the right price for the fans but I’m not involved.’

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