Manchester City Are Too Small To Fill Their Own Stadium According To Ex-Player
By Mike Parrott
According to an ex-player, Manchester City are too small of a club to fill their own Stadium. This comes after it's reported that the Etihad Stadium isn't sold out for tonight's Manchester Derby.
Manchester City fans must be used to the constant jabs regarding their Stadium attendance. With a nickname such as 'the Emptihad', City's 55,000-seater Stadium is the fifth biggest Stadium in the Premier League and according to an ex-player, it rarely sells out.
Even though via SoccerStats, The Etihad Stadium has an average of a 98.9% sell-out percentage (54,391 out of 55,017), TalkSPORT claim that a 'report' from 2018 that City averaged only an 80% sell-out percentage.
The 'report' that isn't sourced by TalkSPORT and the recent article by the Times in regards to City not selling out for the Carabao Cup Semi-Final against Manchester United tonight brought about a debate on TalkSPORT in which Jamie O'Hara said that City are too small to sell it out.
"They don't have the fanbase, do they?" O'Hara said. "They don't have the fanbase of Manchester United or Liverpool, they don't.
"They've built success from a billionaire owner coming in and they've got a fantastic manager, but at the end of the day they aren't as big as Man United or Liverpool, so they can't fill the stadium."
"I think they'll always struggle. They haven't got the history and the tradition Man United and Liverpool have."
Manchester City face Manchester United tonight in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final second-leg with City holding a three goals to one advantage going into tonight.