Manchester City managed to beat Tottenham, despite losing 2-0. The match ended with a score of 4-2. Pep Guardiola was not satisfied with many things and believes that his team must have a different approach. "I cannot deny how happy we are, but we are far away from the team that we were,” he said for Sky Sports.
"Not in terms of the play, but there are many things like competitiveness, in terms of what we have to do, many things where we are far away.
There was nothing from the stomach, from the guts, today we were lucky, but if we don’t change then sooner or later we will drop points again”.The Spaniard emphasized what his team lacks. The reaction of the fans in the stadium said a lot.
"Passion, fire, desire, to win from minute one. The same with the fans. The fans are silent for 45 minutes.
They booed [at half-time] because we were losing, not because we played bad. We played good. We had more chances…they booed because we were losing.
Maybe it’s like our team, we were so comfortable winning four Premier Leagues in five years and that’s why we…after they score a goal we react but that’s not the point”.
It seems that some players do not have enough motivation in themselves.
Guardiola answered a reporter's question about whether some players lack fire: "Definitely. Otherwise we don’t concede the goals we concede in every single game, we need them”. Guardiola wants his team to bring back the fire they once had.
"It’s my duty, my job, I want my fans back here. Not the away fans, they are the best, but my fans here. The Premier League doesn’t wait. We have an opponent in Arsenal who have the fire.
I don’t recognise my team, my team always has passion and desire, and everyone runs and everything”.