Pep Guardiola Asked In Press Conference Why Man City Struggle To Sell Tickets
Pep Guardiola can't explain why Manchester City struggle to sell tickets for big games.
The English Premier League champions are in the midst of a big run-in to the end of the season, fighting for trophies in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
They played Cardiff on Wednesday night in a game they had to win to keep up with Liverpool in the title race.
But there were still plenty of empty seats inside the Etihad.
Empty seats at the Etihad in a crucial game in the title run in. Unbelievable.- Will Rivers (@ipredictapayet) April 3, 2019
Guardiola's men will then go up against Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final tomorrow at Wembley - and they've had to hand back around 5,000 of their 35,000 ticket allocation for the game after failing to sell them.
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That's led to a lot of criticism and Guardiola was asked about it at his press conference today.
But he could offer no real explanation on why it seems to be a problem:
"I don't know the reason why. Maybe the club could answer question better than me. When they can go, they go, when they don't, they won't. I don't know why."
Pep on @ManCity struggles to sell allocation: "I don't know the reason why. Maybe the club could answer question better than me. When they can go, they go, when they don't, they won't. I don't know why."- Simon Stone (@sistoney67) April 5, 2019
Considering the club are competing for four of four trophies this term, you'd think it would be impossible to get tickets for their games, particularly at home.
This isn't the first time empty seats have been spotted at the Etihad.
Manchester City were left red-faced after the number of empty seats spotted at the Etihad Stadium in their EFL Cup clash with Burton Albion earlier in the year.
This is why @ManCity will never be a BIG club. It's a cup semi final at home, just look at those empty seats.- Everton Basher (@EvertonRshite) January 9, 2019
Plastic fans will never experience how it feels to belong to a REAL club.
You can buy success unfairly, like they've done but you can't buy support.#MCIBUR pic.twitter.com/WJh4gwnGJ5
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