Guardiola insists it's his job to stop complacency creeping into City

‘If I lose the team, I can not be here’: Pep Guardiola will NOT stay at Man City if he can’t motivate his players but understands ‘how they feel’ after spotting signs of complacency – given how he experienced the same thing as a Barcelona player

  • Pep Guardiola launched into an extraordinary rant after the win over Tottenham
  • The Manchester City boss says his players can’t reminisce on past success now 
  • Guardiola says he won’t stay at City if he can no longer motivate the players

Pep Guardiola’s infamous rant about Manchester City lacking fire was based on personal experience at Barcelona player — and he’s warned he can only work with players who show the right attitude.

Guardiola, who met City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak just minutes after calling out his team following a 4-2 comeback win against Spurs, spotted signs of complacency similar to those that afflicted his Barca team as a player when they dominated Spanish football in the 1990s.

‘I won four Liga titles in Spain in a row and it was not the same going for the fifth. I was not starving enough — too much caviar!,’ the City boss said.

Pep Guardiola launched into a huge rant at his players and the Manchester City supporters despite their come-from-behind 4-2 win over Tottenham on Thursday night

‘Real Madrid beat us to the league that year. I understand how my players feel but I am here to stop it. The chairman knows that. I want to be here otherwise I would have not have signed (a new contract earlier this season) but if I lose the team, I lose something. I can not be here.

‘It is undeniable how good we have done, the consistency of playing at that good level, making Premier League history. But that is the past, now it is here.

‘The club has to move forward. These goals we have given away like the second against Manchester United are not acceptable. Our fans want the second half against Spurs more often. This is what we have to do.’

Interestingly, Guardiola has spared Jack Grealish, Nathan Ake, Julian Alvarez and Manuel Akanji from criticism. They are relatively recent arrivals at The Etihad and he believes their intensity has been better than serial winners Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo who have been left out in recent games.

Guardiola spared Jack Grealish, Nathan Ake, Julian Alvarez and Manuel Akanji from criticism

City trail leaders Arsenal by five points with both clubs in action today. Even so Guardiola insists he doesn’t regret letting Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko join The Gunners in the summer, saying they wanted to leave.

‘No regrets. Of course Erling Haaland coming in was difficult for Gabriel but it happens and it was a good deal.’

City face Wolves first knowing a win would close the gap on Arsenal to two points with Mikel Arteta’s men facing Manchester United later in the afternoon.

Guardiola insists he doesn’t regret letting Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko join Arsenal

Guardiola wants City to show the grit shown by Arsenal. ‘Look at how they defend in the box, celebrate a goal, look and communicate with each other. This is football and we don’t have it.’

The Spaniard raised eyebrows despite the win against Spurs with his post-match comments.

‘We lacked passion, desire, to win from minute one,’ he said. ‘It is the same for our spectators. They are so silent for 45 minutes.’

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