Man City's draw lowest attendance of the season with just 32,089 there to see them crush Burton

Man City's draw lowest attendance of the season with just 32,089 there to see them crush Burton

January 10, 2019

Pep Guardiola's side battered Burton Albion 9-0 in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final but it was once again a case of the game being played at the 'Emptihad' with their lowest attendance of the season.

Tonight's game drew just 33,089 fans to the home of the Premier League champions, eclipsing the previous record of 35,271 for the Fulham Carabao Cup clash in November.

Rhe league game against the Cottagers had 53,307 turn up, City's smallest Premier League crowd this season.

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In fairness to Manchester City, the Burton game was the third of four home game on the bounce at the end of a hectic Christmas schedule.

After beating Liverpool in the crunch clash last Thursday, an impressive 52,708 turned out for the 7-0 drubbing of Rotherham in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The fact that the game was on a school night and on TV certainly did not help the club flog tickets.

To make matters worse, huge problems on the M6 caused delays for plenty of fans making their way to the game, especially those from Burton desperate to see their team play arguably the biggest match in their history.

Police declared a "major incident" after a number of people fled the back of a lorry when the vehicle was stopped between Junctions 15 and 16 near Stoke-on-Trent.

This time last year, Manchester City took on Championship side Bristol City at the same stage with 43,426 there to witness the 2-1 victory as Sergio Aguero scored an injury-time winner.

Last night in the other semi-final, 44,371 made the journey to Wembley to see Spurs' 1-0 victory over Chelsea.

That was technically a sell-out – despite Wembley's 90,000 capacity – due to the top tier not being opened for the game.

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