Manchester City’s booing fans are ‘SPOILT’ – and ‘you wouldn’t get that at Anfield’, says ex-Liverpool man Danny Murphy, as he labels Pep Guardiola ‘right’ to lay into their ‘entitled’ behaviour at the Etihad
Danny Murphy has slammed Manchester City fans as ‘spoilt’ after they booed their team off the pitch at half-time during their 4-2 victory over Tottenham.
The reigning Premier League champions were down 2-0 at half-time due to goals from Dejan Kulusveski and Emerson Royal, before they fought back in the second-half with goals from Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and a brace from Riyad Mahrez.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola said he wanted his fans ‘back’ following the booing at half-time and said that fans were ‘maybe too comfortable’ because his side have won four Premier League titles in five seasons.
Pep Guardiola asked for his fans ‘back’ after his team were booed off at half-time last night
Danny Murphy says Guardiola was ‘right’ to lay into their ‘entitled’ behaviour at the Etihad
Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy slammed City fans while speaking on talkSPORT, suggesting that Guardiola was ‘right’ to lay into their ‘entitled’ behaviour.’
When asked about the subject by presenter Jim White, Murphy said: ‘You wouldn’t get that at Anfield.’
Fellow pundit Simon Jordan then added: ‘Okay there’s an element where you can say that’s the basis of a plastic fan-base. But I think that’s the basis of an expectation.’
Murphy fired back at Jordan, arguing that City fans are ‘not plastic,’ but are in fact a ‘spoilt fan base’.
When asked about the differences between Man City and Liverpool fans, Murphy then added: ‘Different supporters, different mindsets, different ways of thinking.
Pep Guardiola’s side were 2-0 down at half-time before they went on to take a 4-2 win
Murphy said Liverpool fans wouldn’t boo their players if they won four titles in five years like City
‘After winning four leagues in five. No chance (would Liverpool fans act the same way). Have you heard them boo Klopp yet? And they’re sitting in ninth.
‘A section of them (have a sense of entitlement) the ones that booed.’
Guardiola could not hide his anger after the game, criticising his squad and was insistent that they are nowhere near challenging. Man City are five points behind leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
‘Playing with this lack of passion, this season I can announce we are not going to win anything,’ Guardiola said.
Guardiola suggested fans were ‘too comfortable’ due to their four titles won in five years
‘They booed because we were losing, but not because we played bad. We played good. We were better. They booed because we were losing, but maybe it’s like our team.
‘Maybe they’re too comfortable because we have won four Premier Leagues in five years. After we scored a goal they react, but that is not the point.
‘I don’t recognise my team, they [previously] had the passion and desire to run. Do you think we are going to chase the gap to Arsenal the way we are playing? No way.’
Guardiola’s comments came just 24 hours after he actually praised the mentality of his stars and blamed himself for the poor performances and put it down to tactical and selection decisions.
‘I want a reaction from the whole club – everyone,’ he added. ‘We are a happy flowers organisation. I don’t want happy flowers. I want to beat Arsenal. Play this way and Arsenal will destroy us.