Guardiola blasts Man City players for lack of 'passion and desire' in heated rant after Tottenham win
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Guardiola blasts Man City players for lack of 'passion and desire' in heated rant after Tottenham win

Pep Guardiola has slammed the Man City players in a heated post-match press conference, despite their heroic comeback to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2.

One would expect the Spanish boss to be head over heels about his players, after they showed incredible grit and mentality to pull off a superb comeback.

Despite being the superior side against Spurs, a ridiculous error from Ederson and comical defending right after gifted the visitors two quickfire goals at the Etihad Stadium.

However, a Riyad Mahrez masterclass in the 2nd half, which included a brace from the man himself as well as strikes from Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland meant the hosts won in style.

But Pep Guardiola was clearly dissatisfied after Man City defeated Tottenham as he slammed his players.

In a string of quotes, the 52-year-old did not even try to be diplomatic for a change.

Pep Guardiola blasts Man City players after Tottenham win

After Man City beat Tottenham 4-2, Pep Guardiola was not one to mince words about his players

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“[Lacking in] Guts, passion, fire, desire to win from minute one. The same with the fans, they are silent for 45 minutes. I want my fans back”, he initially stated, as quoted by BBC Sport’s Shamoon Hafez.

Guardiola continued, “We have an opponent in Arsenal who have the fire. Two decades without winning the Premier League. I am explaining the reality, everything is so comfortable [at Man City] but opponents don’t wait.”

“I don’t recognise my team, they[previously] had the passion and desire to run.”

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

“Today, we were lucky. If we want to win something or compete, but complaining, complaining, complaining, no chance we will win anything.”

Ultimately, the Man City players may have got the message from Pep Guardiola after they beat Spurs that complacency is a cardinal sin for the revered tactician, who was similarly candid ahead of the Manchester Derby as well.

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