Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has issued a follow-up statement to the club’s fans after his rallying cry for more support caused upset earlier in the season against RB Leipzig. Wednesday’s crunch tie with PSG was played in front of a raucous Etihad Stadium, and those in attendance were promptly rewarded with the quality of football on display.
City put on a super showing during the first half, although their dominance was not rewarded with a goal.
Instead, PSG opened the scoring through Kylian Mbappe, which was a clear sign of their constant danger on the counter-attack.
The Sky Blues fought back though, and Raheem Sterling pulled one back after the hour mark before Gabriel Jesus scored the winner with 15 minutes to go.
The Etihad was bouncing on Wednesday evening as they saw their side fight back to claim an impressive victory which guarantees that they top Group A, and Guardiola was in buoyant mood after the final whistle for multiple reasons.
“It was a good game,” he said.
“Thank you so much for the people coming to support us. Today was amazing, before during and after the game.
“All the players fought a lot. The most important thing today is that we played a good game against a top side and for the fourth of fifth year in a row, we are in the last 16.
“They [PSG] are so dangerous when they have the ball. They are too good up front, we spoke as a team about this.”
Guardiola’s address to the fans is made even more important when contrasted with his comments after City’s Champions League tie against RB Leipzig earlier this campaign.
When calling for more support after a healthy smattering of empty seats at the Etihad, many Sky Blues fans hit back at the Catalan coach for failing to understand their respective situations.
Nevertheless, the City fans came out in force on Wednesday night to spur their side through a tough encounter.
Bernardo Silva, who was predictably relentless in his running on the night and set up Jesus for the winner, also addressed the crowd in his post-match comments.
“Very important [qualifying as group winners] because our fans deserved a good win,” he said.
“It was a frustrating first half because it felt like we were controlling the game, but we weren’t scoring again.
“After the goal we conceded, the team had a great reaction and we got the three points.”