Pep Guardiola has stated that he will not apologize for encouraging more Manchester City fans to attend the club's Premier League match against Southampton.
The City boss stated that he "would like more people" to attend the Saints' visit to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and he now claims that his statements were misread, despite the fact that his request drew condemnation from the club's supporters.
Speaking on Friday, he said: "Did I say after the game that I was disappointed that the stadium was not full?"
"An interpretation is an interpretation. I am not going to apologize. I know how difficult last season was, and we make an approach to do something together on Saturday.
"It doesn't matter how many come, I enjoy them. After five seasons they misunderstand me. I won't apologize."
Man City's Champions League home games have tended to have fewer attendances than Premier League games.
The Etihad Stadium has a capacity of almost 55,000 people, and the crowd versus RB Leipzig on Wednesday was 38,062, with the away section nearly empty.
City's first two home league games of the season, against Norwich (51,437) and Arsenal (52,276), drew close to capacity crowds.