Manchester City Boss, Pep Guardiola expressed displeasure over his side’s display against Tottenham Hotspurs despite defeating the Lilly White 4-2 at the Etihad on Thursday night.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the full-time whistle, the former Barcelona manager was furious about his side’s showing on the night.
“We play short and we play because our manager told us how to play like this and have to do this, but there is nothing from the stomach and the guts. We were lucky but without change sooner or later again we are going to drop points.
“[We are lacking] passion, desire, to win from minute one. It’s the same for our spectators, our fans. They are so silent for 45 minutes.
“It is my duty, it is my job. I want my fans back. I want my fans in here. Not my away fans – my away fans is the best. But my fans in here, we want support for every corner, their reaction and support, because we play, we cannot expect [to win].”
Guardiola then claimed that the lack of desire of his side was potentially his players getting far too comfortable at the top of the Premier League and in the process namechecked Arsenal as an example that should be followed.
He continued: “We have to do it, but everyone is like relaxed. The Premier League doesn’t wait. We have an opponent in Arsenal who is like, they have the fire. Two decades. Without winning the Premier League. And every player knows they will go down in history. That’s how we felt when we won the first Premier League and break all the records and another one back-to-back, and two times back-to-back.
“In life and everything we have the fire inside, it’s not, we don’t have to ask anything, I just explained the reality that is so comfortable, and opponents don’t wait. You’re telling me how bad? No, we’re second in the league, so we are not 20 points behind.