Pep Guardiola blasts ‘lucky’ Man City and slams Etihad boo-boys in Spurs win before admitting: I don’t recognise my team
PEP GUARDIOLA launched an incredible attack on the Manchester City fans and slammed the entire club for acting complacent.
The reigning champions got their title bid back on track following a 4-2 comeback victory against Tottenham, mainly thanks to a 12-minute blitz after the break.
But City were staring down the barrel at a fourth defeat in 10 Premier League games at half-time.
That’s because Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal struck at the end of the opening period to put Spurs 2-0 ahead.
And City were booed off.
But whatever Guardiola said in the dressing room worked as his side turned the game around instantly thanks to goals from Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and Riyad Mahrez.
The Algeria star then made the points safe late on after a deft chip over Hugo Lloris.
But the City boss was angry with his players and also hit out at those watching inside the Etihad Stadium.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Passion, fire and desire [are missing], to win from minute one and it’s the same with our fans, they’re silent for 45 minutes.
“They booed because we were losing not because we played bad, we played good. We had more chances, expected goals from Tottenham was zero.
“They booed because we were losing, but maybe it’s the same with the team, maybe we are so comfortable winning four Premier Leagues in five years?
“And after we scored a goal they react.”
Asked whether a bit of fire has gone out of players and fans, Guardiola added: “Yes, otherwise we don’t concede the goals that we concede every single game.
“We give them away and we were lucky and the day after we are not lucky.
“I want my fans back, I want them here, not my away fans, my away fans are the best, but my fans here, I want them to support every corner and every action.
“Of course [I’m not happy], I don’t recognise my team, my team always have passion, have desire and run and everything.”
Despite Guardiola’s obvious frustrations, City can move within two points of leaders Arsenal if they beat Wolves on Sunday.
But the Gunners will have two games in hand, one being their crunch Emirates clash with Manchester United.
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