Pep Guardiola laments lack of passion, fire and desire after ‘comfortable’ Man City comeback win over Tottenham Football News

Pep Guardiola made a surprise criticism of his players after Manchester City’s comeback win against Tottenham.

The Premier League champions came from two down at half-time to win 4-2 but Guardiola was frustrated by his team’s lack of “passion, fire and desire” – qualities he believes Arsenal’s leaders lack. There are passes.

“I can’t deny how happy we are but we’re a long way from the team we were,” he said. Sky Sports In his interview with Pat Davison.

“Not in terms of the game, we played pretty well but there are a lot of things like competitiveness, in terms of what we have to do in a lot of things that we are far from.

“Rico Lewis conceded four fouls, but they weren’t yellow cards because it’s Rico Lewis and we don’t react. We play because ‘my manager told me to play this and how to do it’.” , but nothing came out of the stomach. Intestines

“Today, we were lucky but that won’t change, sooner or later we are again. [going] To drop points. [We are missing] Passion, fire and desire and winning by the minute.

“It’s the same with our fans, they are silent for 45 minutes. They made noise because we were losing, not because we played badly. We played well, we had more chances. , the expected goals from Tottenham is 0.89 so we were better.”

“They made noise because we were losing, but maybe that’s just like our team. Maybe we were too comfortable winning four Premier Leagues in five years and that’s why we… you know. After the goal, that reaction. show, but that’s not the point.”

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Asked if his Manchester City players had caught fire, Guardiola added: “For sure. Otherwise we don’t concede our goals every single game. [the goals] And today we were lucky but we won’t be lucky after that.

How can the City take it back? “This is my duty, my job. I want my fans back, I want my fans here. [at the Etihad]. Supporting and supporting every corner and every process. We have to do it, but everyone is calm.

“The Premier League doesn’t wait. We have an opening with Arsenal and they have fire.

“For two decades, they have not won the Premier League and every player knows that they will make history, as we felt when we won the first Premier League and broke all the records and won again. were gone

“We don’t have fire inside and we don’t need to ask anything, I just stated the fact that everything is very comfortable, and opponents don’t wait, of course I don’t. [happy with my team]. I don’t recognize my team. My team always has passion and desire and drive and everything.”

Richards: It was tight from Pep.

“It was tough, wasn’t it,” Micah Richards said. Sky Sports. “Usually when we see Pep’s interviews, they’re very sarcastic, but today he came out and it was almost like he was saying he had enough of a situation to produce something so good. But no one seems satisfied.

“It’s a difficult situation when you start going and talking about the fans. When the fans boo, it’s never acceptable, but it seems like he took it really personally. I Thought the interview was like he was at the end of his teacher.”

Carragher: It was a fantastic interview

“It was a fantastic interview,” said Jamie Carragher Sky Sports. “Pep Guardiola has not been in a position very often where he feels he has to send rockets at everyone.

“A lot of managers can’t avoid criticizing their own supporters. Jurgen Klopp did that in his early time at Liverpool when a lot of supporters left before the end of the game. He’ll be fine, he’s going to lose supporters. No, he’s a god for the fans here and he knows it.”

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Guardiola reiterated several points in his statement Sky Sports Speaking at a press conference shortly after the interview, described City as a team of ‘happy flowers’ and insisted Arsenal would “destroy” them unless they changed.

“I’m incredibly happy but if we don’t change we’re not going to win anything. I’ve got to look at my team. The love in our life is to have passion for something – our fans are comfortable, we’re comfortable. are

“Are you going to tell me we played bad in the first half? Absolutely not.

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“The problem we have is that we have four Premier Leagues in five years and Arsenal have two decades without a Premier League except for Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko and with every ball and every action and every corner and every duel. Miss it. It’s not

“Do you think I said anything special at half-time? Play badly? No, we always play well. But there’s something not about it. We give away goals. [away]. Today it was Eddy or Rhodri. The next day it would be a skirmish and then a central guard and so on.

“Of course you have to. I want passion from Julian, from Rico, from Nathan.

“Right now we don’t have it.

“The fans – they come here and we have to give it to them. [something to be excited about]. They expect ‘oh, we’re Manchester City, we’ve got to do this’. No, we haven’t yet.

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“When you’ve won a lot, the human tendency is to go, ‘Ah, I must do this, I must do that’. No, you have to work. You have to put the fire out there – every ball, every action. I, in any case.

“If we want to do something, we have to come back.

“It’s a challenge. I want it.

“Our fans have to push us, demand more, shout: ‘Come on guys, I know how good you are, you have to show us.’

“We come on, score goals. No, can’t be 0-2 down to react. 9 times out of 10 you don’t come back. We were lucky today. We can’t come back every time.

“I want a reaction for the whole club, the whole organization – not just the players, the staff and everybody. We are a happy flower team. Happy flowers, ah that’s good. No I don’t want to be a happy flower. I want Arsenal. I want to beat

“But if we play like that, Arsenal will destroy us. Arsenal will beat us.

“I want to see my team.”

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