‘I want my fans back’ – Pep Guardiola sends message to Man City fans during Tottenham win as he warns ‘Arsenal will destroy us’ if things don’t change

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants more from his players and the club’s fans, who he called out for their silence.

City fought back against Tottenham to win 4-2 havinggone 2-0 down at home in the final minutes of the first half.

City were left shell-shocked when Spurs took a 2-0 lead into the half-time break

City were left shell-shocked when Spurs took a 2-0 lead into the half-time break

The City fans booed their team at half time

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The City fans booed their team at half time

Guardiola’s players were booed off the park by those in attendance at the Etihad Stadium and later the manager said Arsenal will blow them away in the race to win the league if they play like that again.

Asked what the club is missing, the manager said afterwards: “Passion and fire and desire to win from minute one. It’s similar with our spectators, our fans.

“They are silent for 45 minutes. We played good. They booed because we were losing, not because we played badly. We played good. We had more chances, their expected goals was zero.

“They booed because we were losing but it’s the same like our team, maybe we our so comfortable winning four titles in five years. After we scored a goal they react, but that is not the point.”

Asked if the fire has gone out after four titles in five years, Guardiola said: “Definitely. Otherwise we don’t concede the goals that we concede in every single game.

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

Guardiola did not enjoy what he saw from his players

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Guardiola did not enjoy what he saw from his players

“How do I get the fire back? It’s my duty, my job. I want my fans back. Not my away fans because my away fans are the best, but my fans here for every corner and every action and support it because we cannot expect anything.”

“I want a reaction for all the club, all the organisation, the players, the staff, everyone.

“We are a happy flowers team. I don’t want to be a happy flowers, I want to beat Arsenal, but if we play in that way Arsenal will destroy us, they will beat us. I want to see my team.

“The players want it, they train really good but there is something that is here in the clouds. You cannot express.

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It wasn’t a perfect night but City will be delighted to have got the result

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It wasn’t a perfect night but City will be delighted to have got the result

“I see Arsenal games and they do everything good, that is why they are in front and deserve it.

“And I say this after 4-2. I am incredibly happy, I will sleep tonight like a baby.

“I have experience. I have won a lot. It means every day I see things that you don’t see because you are not there.

“I see it. It is not one single player, everyone is there. It is everyone, as much as we realise it, we will come back.”

Mahrez put his finger over his lips when celebrating his first goal, a potential message to City’s supporters

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Mahrez put his finger over his lips when celebrating his first goal, a potential message to City’s supporters

City scored three goals in 12 second-half minutes to turn the game on its head as Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and Riyad Mahrez made it 3-2 after 62 minutes, before Mahrez bagged another in the 90th minute to put the half-time boos firmly to bed.

Guardiola let out an animated celebration when City took the lead through Mahrez, while the Algerian appeared to ‘shush’ the home fans by putting his finger over his lips as he celebrated his effort

Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez were also quizzed about the booing and admitted the dressing room was notably quieter than usual as a result of their late collapse in the first half.

Grealish said: “I thought we did alright in the first half. We had the better chances and it was a bit like last week when we conceded a goal and then conceded another one.

Guardiola fears his side will have no chance against title rivals Arsenal if they keep playing like they did on Thursday night

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Guardiola fears his side will have no chance against title rivals Arsenal if they keep playing like they did on Thursday night

“It wasn’t the best dressing room at half-time. It was silent for a little while at the start but the manager spoke to us and gave us some encouragement and then I thought we were brilliant in the second half.”

Asked what was going through his head, Mahrez then added: “You’re thinking about everything really.

“Everything goes through your head but like Jack said, we played well in the first half.

“They didn’t have anything apart from the two goals we conceded so we were a bit frustrated at half-time but the manager spoke to us but we knew, because we’ve done it before, that we can come back from one or two goals behind and that’s what we did.

“We played so well second half and showed what we are. We had a bit of luck as well but we deserved the win.”

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