Manchester City got their Champions League campaign off to a great start as they smashed six past Red Bull Leipzig on Wednesday evening.
Nathan Ake gave the home side the lead after 16 minutes, before Nordi Mukiele’s own-goal doubled their advantage.
Christopher Nkunku pulled one back but City went into the half-time break with a 3-1 lead thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s penalty.
There were five more goals in the second half.
Nkunku scored twice more to complete his hat-trick, but goals from Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus saw City win 6-3.
It was a very entertaining game but the Etihad Stadium was far from full capacity.
City fans are regularly mocked for not filling out their ground and there was a raft of empty seats for the game.
And even Pep Guardiola is now calling out City’s support.
Speaking after the game, the 50-year-old felt the need to ask for more fans to come to the Etihad Stadium on the weekend and support them against Southampton.
“I would say the last three games we played here we scored 16 goals,” Guardiola told BT Sport. “So I would like to come more people next game on Saturday, we need the people next Saturday. Please.
“We will be tired. I know the team from Ralph [Hasenhuttl, Southampton manager] is quite similar to the way they play. They are so, so dangerous with good quality and it’s a really important game for us.
“So I invite to all our people to come next Saturday, 3pm, to watch the game.”
You’ve got to admire his efforts.
Per Transfermarkt, the last time the Etihad Stadium was sold out for a Premier League game came during the 2016/17 season.
We can’t imagine the streak being broken against Southampton on the weekend.
Guardiola was also complimentary of Leipzig’s attack in his post-match interview.
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“They never give up. They have a special way to attack. They play all or nothing,” he said, per Manchester Evening News.
“Against Leipzig, you never have the feeling that it’s over. I would say it was an incredible compliment for the team.
“We knew it and they respond really well but after 2-1 it immediately went 3-1, after they score 3-2 we make it 4-2, we scored a few minutes after they scored and that helped us a lot.”