Pep Guardiola admits he feels guilty for failing to give home fans a win – after a week when the Manchester City manager waged a war of words with some of the club’s own supporters

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  • Pep Guardiola expresses disappointment at failing to win on Saturday
  • The league failed in a boring 0–0 draw against champions Southampton.
  • Earlier this week, Pep Guardiola was criticized for asking more fans to attend
  • Supporters’ group reacts angrily to comments after RB Leipzig game

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Pep Guardiola admitted he felt guilty for failing to win a win for Manchester City supporters in a weekend in which he waged a war of words with his fans.

The City boss insisted on Saturday his words had been misunderstood following a midweek Champions League win over Leipzig in which he was believed to have complained about a low turnout of supporters.

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Guardiola began a fiery defense of his words before Southampton were drawn into a goalless draw, claiming he remained mystified by his reaction to a disagreement with supporters’ representative Kevin Parker.

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Manchester City failed to put up a disappointing 0-0 draw against Southampton

And manager Pep Guardiola admitted he felt 'guilty' after failing to win home visitors

And manager Pep Guardiola admitted he felt ‘guilty’ after failing to win home visitors

“I didn’t say anything wrong after Leipzig,” Guardiola insisted. ‘I said we played an incredibly difficult game and it will be an incredibly difficult game against Southampton, and I need the support and our fans.

‘How many did not come or did not complain, I have never in my life. Of course I am grateful, even if 100 people, 85 people come. I’m happy.

‘I always feel bad for him when the game is not good. They come to watch a game, they come to see a show, they want to enjoy it.

Spanish boss Guardiola was the subject of several songs from City supporters on Saturday

Spanish boss Guardiola was the subject of several songs from City supporters on Saturday

City supporters sang 'We Have Guardiola' a week later when they called on more fans to participate.

City supporters sing ‘We’ve Got Guardiola’ after a week when they called for more fans to attend

‘When it happens I’m grateful, and when it doesn’t, I’m a little guilty because we didn’t play well, but I don’t understand the subject, I’m asking about what I said.

‘I said, ‘Guys, stay together for the next game’ and that’s what I’m going to say now – ‘Please come Tuesday against Wycombe in the Carabao Cup’.

‘I’m still a little puzzled why people ask me this question when no one has asked me this question in five years. But the fans were amazing, especially in the last minutes when we pushed more.

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