By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:08 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 23:52 BST, 1 October 2019
They make quite a spectacle of pre-match at the Etihad Stadium. It's a nice environment. Not one for your diehard Manchester City supporter who goes with his mates but certainly entertaining for families.
There are live bands on stage, interviews with relevant former players and a bit of chat with YouTubers or whoever might be in vogue, all to the backdrop of food and merchandise stalls. City do a good job of it in their attempt to galvanise a new generation of fans.
Part of what has become a ritual is the coach arrival. Pep Guardiola's squad snake their way towards the Colin Bell Stand, met with a somewhat Americanised fanfare as their names are read off the bus.
Sergio Aguero high fives young Manchester City fans as he heads into the Etihad on Tuesday
Bernardo Silva follows suit, in a procession that has become the norm before home matches
The squad walking off the coach took place with pyrotechnics and player announcements
'Here he comes… our greatest-ever goalscorer… Sergio… AGUERO!' That sort of thing - you get the picture. The kids like it and City have added pyrotechnics for additional razzamatazz.
What was striking on Tuesday night, as the coach was met with crowds about four deep, was the recurring theme from the club's outside presenter. 'If this is