Former Manchester City flop makes honest admission about Etihad support

Guardiola reflects on Man City's defeat at PSG

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Manchester City’s support has been mocked in recent weeks after a baffling admission by manager Pep Guardiola. But ex-defender Angelino has stamped out the rumours of poor support, claiming the City fans showed him love on his return.

Angelino, 24, had been at City for five years before his sale to PSV Eindhoven in 2018.

However, after an impressive stint in south Holland, the Citizens bought him back again before selling him to Leipzig for a fee of £16million.

Having only made 12 appearances for the reigning Premier League champions, it would have been unnoticed if the City fans didn’t show him appreciation.

But after clapping him off the pitch and singing his name following his red card in the 6-3 drubbing of the German side, Angelino was appreciative of his former side.

“I was totally surprised the whole stadium celebrated me when I had to leave the pitch in the game at Man City,” Angelino said to BILD.

“The fans were cheering for me when I kicked a corner during the game.

“The 10 seconds after the yellow card were the best I’ve ever experienced with City.

“It sounds strange after a sending-off, but it was just a great gesture, and I was really pleased.”

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Guardiola irked fans with his comments on support as only 38,000 fans turned up to watch their Champions League opener against RB Leipzig two weeks ago.

In a plea to attract fans to the Etihad, the Spaniard came across rather distasteful to many fans.

“I would like more people to come next game on Saturday,” Guardiola said.

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“We need the people next Saturday, please. Because we will be tired; I know the team from Ralph [Hasenhüttl] is quite similar [to Leipzig] in the way they play.

“They are so, so dangerous with good quality and it’s a really important game for us, so I invite all our people to come next Saturday 3pm to watch the game.”

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City take on Liverpool on Sunday in a bid to go top of the Premier League table.

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