Pep Guardiola flew off the handle in a fiery post-match press conference following his Manchester City’s side rollercoaster 4-2 victory over Tottenham. Having already attacked his players and his own fans, the Spaniard then unleashed an X-rated tirade, sending a message to Arsenal and his side’s Champions League doubters.
Guardiola wasn’t blissful along with his players after full-time, despite scoring 4 second-half goals to secure an important win within the Premier League title race.
City produced one other poor first period, trailing 2-0 on the break after a late double-blow from Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal.
Guardiola cited desire as a reason for his side’s recent slow starts, suggesting his players is probably not as hungry as Arsenal due to their relentless success under his tenure.
And he fired back at those claiming he won’t achieve ‘success’ at City until he guides the club to their first Champions League, responding in an X-rated manner.
He told reporters: “People say we have not had success because we have not won the Champions League – bulls**t! We won so much…
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“Two back-to-back [Premier Leagues] on this country, and the best way we played, the consistency, against this Liverpool… What a hit.”
City have moved five points behind Arsenal on the Premier League summit and will close the gap to 2 in the event that they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on the Etihad on Sunday.
That is before Arsenal face Casemiro-less Manchester United on the Emirates Stadium, where they will proceed their ruthless vein of form to make a big statement.
And Guardiola has suggested he is not blissful along with his player’s current ‘flowery’ approach, admitting the Gunners could ‘destroy’ them in the event that they proceed their unwanted trend of slow starts.
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“We’re a blissful flowers team, all nice and good. I don’t desire to be blissful flowers. I need to beat Arsenal. If we play in that way, Arsenal will destroy us.”
City weren’t on the races all game of their EFL Cup quarter-final exit at Southampton before also starting slowly in last weekend’s 2-1 Manchester derby defeat at Old Trafford.
Arsenal have placed a trademark on flying out of the gates of their surprise pursuit of their first Premier League title since 2004, blowing teams away.
And with Guardiola still to fulfill his former student Mikel Arteta twice, plus within the FA Cup fourth round, there are many fireworks still to be lit on this unpredictable title tussle.
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