Etihad Stadium Apparently Falls Short Of Expected Attendance For City's Champions League Clash
Manchester City have suffered a shock opening defeat in their Champions League match against Lyon. For the reigning Premier League champions, however, it seems like they might have been lacking the fan support they would have wanted.
Apparently, the Etihad Stadium was under the 50,000-plus attendance that many people were expecting.
There are reports coming in that up to half of the seats were left empty.
The Transport for Greater Manchester, for example, had warned people that the city could be busy today due to the Champions League fixture.
Remember to plan ahead if you are travelling in Manchester today.#MCFC take on #OL at the Etihad Stadium from 8pm, and with 50,000 fans expected transport will be busier than usual.- TfGM (@OfficialTfGM) 19 September 2018
Make sure you plan your journey in advance: https://t.co/Qawt5bif8a pic.twitter.com/Z0YIXK6HkP
Man City's fraught relationship with UEFA/Champions League continues Fans still booing the CL anthem at at the start of a new season.- Rob Harris (@RobHarris) 19 September 2018
Many empty seats across the Etihad Stadium - something just highlighted on 5Live too (Is it prices, limited interest, overload of football?)
Another half empty Etihad Stadium for a @ManCity champions league game ♂️- JFT96 (@YNWAANDY28) 19 September 2018
Just proves that you can buy all the players and superstar managers you like but you can't buy passion
For the Manchester City fans, at least they could take comfort in the fact that Pep Guardiola had occupied at least one of the empty seats.
The City boss was forced to watch the match from the stand due to a ban, with assistant coach Mikel Arteta running the show from the touchline.
Pep Guardiola watching from the stands. Be interested to see if he sticks it out till the end, or nips off 5 minutes early to beat the traffic. pic.twitter.com/XkHU4nhAtI- Paddy Power (@paddypower) 19 September 2018
Manchester City have now lost 4 Champions League games in a row under Pep Guardiola:- Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) 19 September 2018
:x: FC Basel (h)
:x: Liverpool (a)
:x: Liverpool (h)
:x: Lyon (h) pic.twitter.com/PgLJZPC9to
Wonder who Guardiola will blame for that half of football from his seat in the stands?- Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) 19 September 2018
A smoke grenade?
A bottle of cider?
or just maybe..
His players and his set-up?
The Manchester club faces Cardiff City next on Saturday.
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