Manchester City’s fans must match the players’ desire to reach a Champions League semi-final, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
City host Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium today, nursing a 1-0 deficit from last week’s encounter in north London.
Despite contesting their eighth consecutive campaign in Europe’s premier competition, City have only reached the last four once – losing 1-0 on aggregate to eventual winners Real Madrid in 2016.
An element in the club’s uneasy relationship with the Champions League is rooted in standoffishness from a significant section a fan-base that followed City with unswerving loyalty when they languished in English football’s third tier 20 years ago. Read more