Pep Guardiola bracing for lowest Man City attendance in years as row goes on

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Pep Guardiola is bracing himself for another no-show from Manchester City fans ahead of the visit of Wycombe in the Carabao Cup.

Guardiola became embroiled in a spat with supporters' groups last week when he demanded more people go to the Etihad to watch games.

But the Spaniard can expect to see hoards of more empty seats on Tuesday when City take on the League One minnows in the third round clash.

Thousands of tickets remained unsold last night and City could play in front of less than 25,000 fans, which would be one of the lowest attendances since Guardiola took charge in 2016.

The Premier League champions have been trying to sell tickets on the cheap in a bid to lure fans to the game, with adults being charged £12.50 and children just £7.50.

When Wycombe took on City at Maine Road in the old Division Two back in 1999, almost 30,000 turned up to see the visitors produce a 2-1 win.

Following Guardiola's pleas after around 38,000 saw their Champions League victory, more than 52,000 were in attendance for their draw against Southampton, after which he admitted that he felt a little guilty for not getting the victory.

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He said: "Always when the game is not good I feel bad for them. They come to see a show, to see a game and when it doesn't happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn't play good."

Before doubling down on his previous comments by saying: "I didn't say anything wrong after Leipzig.

"I said we had an incredibly tough game, had an incredibly tough game against Southampton and we would need the support of our fans.

"I never complained about how many come or don't come. I have never thought this in my life. I don't know why people are asking me this question. I am grateful even if 85 or 100 people come."

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