Pep Guardiola vents anger at Man City players and fans after Spurs win; fears ‘destruction’ at hands of Arsenal

Pep Guardiola the Manchester City manager scratches his head during the Premier League match Manchester City vs Everton at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom, 31st December 2022 Credit: Alamy
Pep Guardiola the Manchester City manager scratches his head during the Premier League match Manchester City vs Everton at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom, 31st December 2022 Credit: Alamy

Pep Guardiola didn’t hold back in his post-match press conference after his side came from 2-0 behind to beat Tottenham 4-2.

He and his players were booed off the pitch at half-time as they found themselves 2-0 down. Two quick goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal landed the home team in trouble.

Julian Alvarez kickstarted the second-half comeback and then goals from Erling Haaland and Riyad Mahrez secured the three points.

The result leaves Manchester City five points behind Arsenal and three points ahead of Man Utd. Having lost two of their last five games, the three points would have been a relief for City.

When asked what they are missing, Guardiola told Sky Sports: “Passion and fire and desire to win from minute one. It’s similar with our spectators, our fans.

“They are silent for 45 minutes. We played good. They booed because we were losing, not because we played badly. We played good. We had more chances, their expected goals was zero.

“They booed because we were losing but it’s the same like our team, maybe we our so comfortable winning four titles in five years. After we scored a goal they react, but that is not the point.”

When asked if the fire has gone out after four titles in five years Guardiola added: “Definitely. Otherwise we don’t concede the goals that we concede in every single game.

“We are far away from the team we had in previous seasons. Do you think this comeback will happen every time? It won’t.

“How do I get the fire back? It’s my duty, my job. I want my fans back. Not my away fans because my away fans are the best, but my fans here for every corner and every action and support it because we cannot expect anything.”

Guardiola makes huge Arsenal claim

Man City haven’t quite looked like their usual selves lately as Arsenal have been setting the pace in the Premier League this season.

If Mikel Arteta’s side were to continue to average 2.61 points per game, they would finish the season with 99 points. As things stand, Man City are projected to pick up 84 points.

Guardiola added: “We are a happy flowers team. I don’t want to be a happy flowers, I want to beat Arsenal, but if we play in that way Arsenal will destroy us, they will beat us. I want to see my team.

“The players want it, they train really good but there is something that is here in the clouds. You cannot express. I see Arsenal games and they do everything good, that is why they are in front and deserve it.

“And I say this after 4-2. I am incredibly happy, I will sleep tonight like a baby. I have experience. I have won a lot. It means every day I see things that you don’t see because you are not there.

“I see it. It is not one single player, everyone is there. It is everyone, as much as we realise it, we will come back.”

Man City will face Arsenal at the end of the month in the FA Cup, before facing each other once again in February in the Premier League.

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