Guardiola threatened City players and fans despite the win

Pep Guardiola slammed his Manchester City team and their supporters for complacency after they trailed 2-0 at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur. Won 4-2 Thursday at the Etihad Stadium

Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royale scored in the opening moments as City looked set for a third straight defeat as the fans cheered their team on at the interval.

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Riyad Mahrez added two more goals in the second half to Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland to give City a crucial victory to cut their lead on Premier League leaders Arsenal to five points.

But Guardiola was far from happy after the full-time whistle.

“We conceded four fouls and we don’t react,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Nothing was by guts and guts, we were lucky but if we don’t change sooner or later we will drop points.

“The passion, the fire, the will to win from minute to minute [was missing]. It’s like our fans, they are silent for 45 minutes.

“They lost because we lost but maybe it’s like our team, maybe we’re too comfortable to win four Premier Leagues in five years. And when we score goals they react, but that’s not the point.”

after A Carabao Cup exit On January 11, Southampton, City Lost 2-1 To leave Arsenal in danger of relegation to local rivals Manchester United on Saturday in the Premier League.

Guardiola insists that unless his side rediscover their intensity, they will remain behind Arsenal.

Asked if the team’s fire had gone out, the Spaniard replied: “For sure, otherwise we wouldn’t have conceded the goals we’ve conceded in every game. We give. And today we were lucky, but tomorrow we won’t be lucky.

“I want my fans back, my fans here. Not my away fans, they’re great.”

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