Pep Guardiola publicly questioned how much supporters of Manchester City care about the Champions League.
City is down 1-0 going into the second leg of their tie against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
“I want to see that they want to get to the semifinals, not just the players, the fans too," said Guardiola. "I want to see that. If tomorrow night they don’t help us [then] – do it for the guys, they are so proud. We need them in our bad moments, at this stage we cannot go through. I’m really curious how our fans will be.”
Guardiola has had a disappointing track record in the Champions League since leaving Barcelona.
“I know people say I came here to win the Champions League. I didn’t come here to win the Champions League, honestly. I came here to play with my team the way we are playing the last 20 months, that is what I came here [for], to play the way I want to play.
“And of course I want the Champions League – I know in Bayern Munich, a big club, after three seasons winning absolutely everything, the Champions League was a big failure.
“What can I say? I accept that. I have to live with that but it’s not a big problem, it pushes me better. I understand the others are better too, in this competition. They are better too. A lot of big, big clubs are not in the later stages either.”