Guardiola sends message to ‘silent’ Man City fans as he responds to boos against Spurs

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Manchester City managed to silence their boo boys with a stunning second half comeback as they won 4-2 against Tottenham.

After going 2-0 down to Spurs in the final minutes of the first half thanks to goals from Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal, Pep Guardiola’s players were booed off the park by those in attendance at the Etihad Stadium, much to the surprise of those watching at home.

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

Among those who were surprised at what they were hearing was former Liverpool and Manchester United forward Michael Owen, who wrote on Twitter: “And to think the City fans booed their team off at half time.

“Winners of four of the last five Premier League titles. Sitting second in the league and through to the Champions League knockout stages. Arguably the best club team in the world right now. Staggering.”

City managed to put the jeers behind them as three goals in 12 second-half minutes turned 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.

Pep 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.

Pep Guardiola spoke to talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface after the match and admitted that fans have every right to boo the team.

On the boos, Guardiola said: “It’s no problem, they can boo whenever they want. We hear that, but we played good.”


Mahrez wheeled off in celebration after giving City the lead

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Mahrez wheeled off in celebration after giving City the lead

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

But the City boss took a much tougher stance when talking to Sky Sports.

Asked what the club is missing, Guardiola said: “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 give them. We score goals, yeah congratulations, but we give them and today we were lucky but after this we will not be lucky.

Guardiola cut a frustrated figure as his side went behind and he wasn’t much happier post-match

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Guardiola cut a frustrated figure as his side went behind and he wasn’t much happier post-match

“It’s my duty and my job. I want my fans back in here. 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.”

Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez were also quizzed about the booing by Sky Sports and admitted that 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.

“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.”

However City rallied as Guardiola’s side pushed Spurs aside in the second half

However City rallied as Guardiola’s side pushed Spurs aside in the second half

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

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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