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Rio Ferdinand claims Manchester City fans 'didn't start singing until the 76th minute'

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Manchester City fans must be buzzing this morning after their side reached their first ever Champions League semi-final.

A Kevin de Bruyne strike helped them beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the Etihad, winning 3-2 on aggregate.

But it was a cagey 90 minutes in Manchester. The atmosphere didn’t quite match the occasion, with City fans rather quiet during large sections of the match.

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Their nerves weren’t helped when Sergio Aguero put a first-half penalty wide, with the Citizens knowing that a single goal for the French side would be enough to see them crash out.

It wasn’t until the 76th minute that the City fans erupted with noise.

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De Bruyne worked a yard on the edge of the box and fired a brilliant shot into the corner, meaning PSG needed two goals to qualify.

Despite the club on the brink of history the entire night, it wasn’t until this moment that they could really be heard - something that Rio Ferdinand found surprising.

The former Manchester United defender was working as a pundit on BT Sport and slammed the home fans for their lack of support.

Ferdinand's comments

“It is the duty of the fans to inspire the team sometimes,” he said, per Goal.com.

“The players have to go out there and play but sometimes they need to be pushed over the line.

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“The fans here, they didn't start singing until the 76th minute,” he added.

David Ginola was sitting alongside Ferdinand in the BT Sport studio during the match and he also felt that the performance from the City fans was disappointing.

“They need to have more support from the fans because we heard the first song at the 76th minute,” Ginola added.

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“Manuel Pellegrini, at the press conference yesterday, said to the fans ‘you need to be there right from the beginning, from the first seconds of the game’. This is what they need because tonight it was very quiet.”

Pellegrini and his players won’t care too much about the lack of noise generated on Tuesday as they sealed their place in the final four of the competition.

Having already secured the League Cup, the club are seeking their second trophy of the season to give Pellegrini the perfect send off.

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The Chilean will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the campaign after three seasons in charge of the club.

But Guardiola could be managing at the Etihad sooner than next season. That’s because his Bayern Munich side also have a chance to progress to the last-four as they lead Benfica 1-0 after the first-leg.

A Manchester City - Bayern Munich semi-final. Wouldn’t that be interesting?

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Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Football
Rio Ferdinand
Premier League
Paris Saint-Germain
Manchester City
Sergio Aguero

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