Guardiola turns against his team, despite the thrilling victory over Tottenham

MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has turned against his players for their lack of enthusiasm, saying the fans are left”in silence” in outstanding protest despite their impressive comeback and 4-2 victory over Tottenham in Premier League on Thursday. City ended the first half 2-0 in late at the Etihad Stadium and looked on course for a second successive defeat in championship for the first time since 2018, but recovered in the second half to win thanks to a brace from Riyad Mahrez and goals from Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland. City reduced the difference to five points with Arsenal, who face Manchester United next week, but Guardiola was not happy. The Spanish coach said: “The desire and enthusiasm to win was missing from the first minute. Our fans have remained in silence for 45 minutes. We were far from the team we are. Many things were missing. He added: “It’s not about one player but about all the players, all who were in camp and we quickly realized we had to go back. The masses should support us, ask for more and shout. We were lucky today, but you don’t come back when it happens for the ninth or tenth time.” He continued: “I want to see the reaction of everyone, the players and the staff. We are a happy team, but I don’t want a happy team, I want to beat Arsenal, but if we play in this way he will destroy us and beat us”. Guardiola did not stop there and attacked the critics who claimed that his period in England would have been a failure if they hadn’t won the Champions League, despite having won the Scudetto four times. He continued: “We’ve had a lot of successes, but there are those who say: ‘No, it’s a failure, because they didn’t win the Champions League’, and that’s nonsense.” He underlined: “We have won many (many titles). In this country, what it means to win the Scudetto twice in a row in two chances and our performance and consistency against Liverpool? What is the meaning of success? He added: “I win a lot, and that means I see things that some people haven’t seen because I’m not here. But I see it.