Pep Guardiola has told the media that Manchester City fans will turn up no matter what the situation. The club is currently amidst one of the most successful eras in the club’s history. Five Premier League titles in six seasons, and winning the treble last season have seen City become one of English football’s most dominant forces.
But it wasn’t all that long ago when the club was languishing in the lower divisions of English football. The club suffered relegation from the old first division during the 97/98 season which saw them languish in the Second division of the English football (League One). The second division playoff comeback in 1999 against Gillingham is often referred to as a turning point for the club. Despite their lowly position Manchester City fans regularly packed Maine Road to support the club.
Speaking before City’s clash with Tottenham Pep Guardiola told the media what Manchester City fan’s are currently experiencing isn’t normal. His side’s level of dominance is an outlier. He explained: “It’s not normal to win the Treble, it’s not normal to win five Premier Leagues in six years. And you have to understand that, okay continue to enjoy but when the bad moments are coming in this season, or the next one, you have to be there. And I’m pretty sure they’ll be there because this is a club that came from Maine Road, and being from the middle of the table not fighting for the titles, and they were there all the time. I was not there, but the people talk about that to me, they were all the time there. But if it’s coming back a little bit down, come on, let’s go!”
The City manager knows that the club’s fans will always turn up no matter what circumstances surround the club. Manchester City fans have shown this over the club’s history and will continue to do so.