Pep Guardiola exited during his interview with Sky Sports following Manchester City’s dramatic 4-2 win over Tottenham, with the four-time Premier League winners boss furious.
Pep Guardiola blasted Manchester City critics claiming it was a “bull***” for suggesting they haven’t been successful by not winning the Champions League.
Guardiola, 52, had a rollercoaster night on Thursday as City came back from two first-half goals down to snatch a dramatic 4-2 win against Tottenham. Booed at half-time by their own frustrated crowd, an extremely rare occurrence at the Etihad Stadium, second-half goals from Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and two goals from star man Riyad Mahrez ensured that the Citizens closed the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to five points.
Despite criticizing the ‘flowery’ performances of his players of late during a heated post-match interview with Sky Sports, which he left dismayed, Guardiola was quick to defend City’s recent achievements amid suggestions – including from himself – that the reigning champions would be out of action. England doesn’t exist. t the same team they used to be.
“People say we haven’t been successful because we haven’t won the Champions League – nonsense! We won a lot,” the Citizens boss told a news conference. “Two [Premier League] in a row in this country, and the way we played, the consistency, against this Liverpool. What a success.”
Guardiola’s incredible outburst continues, after being asked why he is so honest and making such impassioned claims. “I want a reaction – not only from the players, the staff, the whole organisation,” explained the Catalan tactician. “We are a team of happy flowers, I don’t want this. I want to beat Arsenal. I can’t deny how happy we are [to win].
“But we’re far from the team we used to be. There were a lot of things that got us far, far away. We played because ‘my manager told me to do this and this’ – but nothing from the stomach, that’s We’re lucky, and if we don’t change, sooner or later we will drop points. There was no passion, fire, desire to win from the first minute.”
It’s not just his under-performing players who have been affected, as Guardiola lashed out at his team’s supporters. “It’s the same from our fans,” added the former Barcelona manager. They were silent for 45 minutes. They booed because we lost, but not because we played badly. We played well. They booed that we lost, but maybe like our team.
“Maybe they are too comfortable because we have won four Premier Leagues in five years. After we scored they reacted, but that is not the point. We are far from being able to compete at the highest level. Do you think we will close the gap on Arsenal in a way we play?
“Today we were lucky. If we wanted to win something or compete – but complain, complain, complain [the players] – there was no chance we would win anything.”