In a move some would say is long overdue, Manchester City will aim to attack the South Stand of the Etihad Stadium in the second half of games from now on.
According to the club website, this comes after talks between the club and fans’ groups, who brought up the idea that it would be beneficial for the team to attack the more vocal side of the ground in the second half – something common at clubs around the world.
And from now on, Pep Guardiola will instruct his chosen captain to aim to attack the South Stand, which expanded in 2015 and now includes a bigger singing section on level one.
The usual home game sees the Blues to attack the Family Stand in the second half, which is considered to be the quieter part of the ground and is often littered with empty seats late in games as families leave early to avoid the traffic rush.
Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Supporters Club, said, “Kicking towards our singing section –in the second half might give us an advantage over the opposition.
“If you look at some of the stadiums around the country, they seem to have a preference of kicking towards the Kop, the Stretford End, the Holte End or the Clock End, for example.
“The younger fans in the Family Stand are always very vocal but the plus point with this idea is that the opposition will no longer be kicking towards their fans in the second half, while we will be kicking towards our singing section.
“The fans are always looking for ways to improve the atmosphere in the stadium and to give the team an edge over the opposition. We feel this could give us an advantage.”
Will this change have an positive impact on City’s performances? It remains to be seen, but on paper it appears to be the logical move to attack the three-tier South Stand.