It was a deliberate act by Pep to illicit a response, but he hasn't thought about the wider ramifications.
The statement was unsolicited. If the interviewer had said, 'Pep, there were ten thousand empty seats tonight and the ones here were quiet?', we would be burning Matt Smith at the stake.
I believe the empty seats and early leavers irks him, but he hasn't attempted to seek answers for that, as far as we know.
He would be better served putting private pressure on his paymasters and bosses to demand solutions, rather than igniting a public match that was only ever going to have fuel thrown on it by those who want to see the club fail at every turn.
We have the right to be annoyed. Everyone has there own personal journey with City.
For me, Pep is not as stupid man, but he regularly says stupid things that we generally let slide.
When it is an attack on our own supporters, however thinly veiled, he deserves a reminder that he is a servant of our club and, as such, should appreciate there would be 50k coming on Saturday, regardless of the opposition.
As it is, the photographers will be taking pictures of the empty seats dotted around, rather than the fifty-odd thousand, 38,000 of them, who have already forked out this week!!
You certainly looking at it from an angle I hadn't considered. As for photographers taking pictures of empty seats, that has been going on for an age and probably would have happened anyway. Maybe I have a simplistic and childish view that sometimes when the world looks to be against you, even if someone who should know better has added fuel to the fire, you need to circle the wagons. (I think I may have used my whole years allowance for metaphor there)