By Kieran Maguire

25th Sep, 2021 | 2:30pm

Kieran Maguire: 'I'm expecting Tottenham to hit £120m'

Manchester City are lagging significantly behind the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in terms of matchday income, according to Kieran Maguire.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the football finance expert insisted the lack of income comes as a result of City not being a “tourist club”.

As quoted by The Guardian (September 17th), Pep Guardiola refused to back down over his comments about attendances at the Etihad Stadium.

The legendary boss said he would like “more people” to attend their home fixture against Southampton after just over 38,000 watched City’s 6-3 Champions League victory over RB Leipzig.

The official supporters’ club general secretary Kevin Parker insisted Guardiola should “stick to coaching” after the comments.

Maguire claims City’s focus on remaining a “local club” means they are behind their rivals in terms of matchday revenue.

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“If we take a look at City’s matchday income outside of Covid, we’re talking £55million in 2019. That is just over 10% of total income,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“If you compare that to Manchester United, they got around £110million pre-Covid. I’m anticipating Spurs to hit £120million this season.

“Arsenal can get £100million, but that includes them participating in European competition which isn’t always guaranteed.

“Liverpool have got exactly the same capacity as City and managed to get £84million in matchday income.

“Manchester City sell an awful lot of season tickets compared to these clubs. Their tickets are priced very competitively because they are a local club with a local fanbase.

“They are not a tourist club. They are broadening the fanbase through the amazing football they play, but they do have a huge hardcore fanbase.

“It’s a case of plastic seats or plastic fans.”

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