Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PEP: WE Need You

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PEP: WE Need You

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PEP Guardiola will make an unprecedented personal plea to City fans ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Catalan is so determined to improve the atmosphere on European nights that he plans to reach out to supporters via his own social media channels.

Guardiola is desperate for City to fall in love with the competition.

He has already urged fans to stop their ritual jeering of UEFA's anthem - a request that has so far fallen on deaf ears.

And ahead of the clash with Shakhtar, he will send out a plea for a full house at the Etihad to produce a daunting atmosphere for the visitors, who he believes pose a major threat to City's chances of progression from the group stages.

"We need our fans - hopefully they can come," said Guardiola.

"In the Champions League we know they have a little bit more problems.

"I use my social media to say 'come next Tuesday to help us,' because in Champions League one step back and you are in trouble. …

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