Savage: This worries me about Manchester City, you wouldn't see it at Old Trafford or Anfield

There was a pretty low attendance for City's Champions League fixture against Roma.

Former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage has criticised the attendance from Manchester City during their opening Champions League home game of the season in a 1-1 draw against Roma.

A crowd of 37,509 turned up at the Etihad Stadium to witness the Premier League champions' draw with the Serie A side as Sergio Aguero's early strike from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Francesco Totti.

The former Leicester City, Birmingham City and Derby County midfielder added that with Manuel Pellegrini's side on the back foot after losing their opening Champions League game against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, supporters of their North West rivals would have made sure the game was a sell out with a terrific atmosphere to go along with it.

Savage wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror: "I'm sorry but if Manchester United or Liverpool had lost their opening Champions League group match and were playing Roma at home next, they would have filled Old Trafford or Anfield.

"And they would have raised the roof too.

"The 30,000 diehard fans who stood by City when they were in the doldrums were the best supporters in the land. 

"They supported their club through the lean times and their loyalty was almost heroic when Shaun Goater and Paul Dickov were playing up front before Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko came along.

"The loyal core support hasn't gone away, so I must ask the question - were the gaps left by bandwagon jumpers, the new converts who took up following City when they started to win trophies?"

There are other factors to consider, though. Rising ticket prices are not going to appeal to fans, even against high calibre opposition but the attendance for the game was a little on the slim side.

The reason he compares them to United and Liverpool in this case is probably because of their European pedigree. Given City's lack of success in the competition so far, perhaps there isn't the same kind of feel around the club for the Champions League just yet as there is at their rivals. But that is a question that can only be answered by their fan base - who are more than likely to disagree with such an assertion.

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