Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher get back at Man City manager Pep Guardiola.
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Pep Guardiola made a barely concealed jab at Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher following Manchester City’s weekend loss in the Premier League title contest. Tottenham held the reigning champions to a stalemate at home, prolonging their winless streak to three league games.
After the final whistle, some analysts, including Gary Neville, charged that City had become too comfortable, while Richards maintained that something was “just not right” at his previous team. Guardiola responded angrily to their remarks made during Tuesday’s news conference, during which the Spaniard also made fun of fellow pundit Carragher.
Guardiola remarked, “I know this place, there’s ‘complacency’ and you don’t have character when we don’t win.” “That’s why we’re still hungry when you win. I could be mistaken, but I don’t believe complacency is the issue.
“I am familiar with the participants. Our behaviour is remarkable. If we play at that level, I think we’ll win the Premier League once more. He is aware of how challenging it is; else, Gary Neville would have won four Premier Leagues during Manchester United’s greatest run. But you know what? He didn’t do it.
During Tuesday’s news conference, Pep Guardiola criticised Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards (Image: GETTY).
“Jamie Carragher never took home a Premier League trophy. Not even Micah Richards won the Premier League four times in a row. Never, ever do it. It has never occurred. I watch my team play—how they press, how they fight, how they stay in the game till the very end, and how angry they get when we give up. I therefore don’t feel that way.
“Perhaps I’m mistaken and they’re observing everything that’s invisible to me. However, I don’t feel that way. I think it’s really hard to stay at the calibre of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool. We will accomplish it if we are capable of doing so. The goal is to keep up our current playing level.”
The past three Premier League games for Manchester City have ended in draws (Image: GETTY).
After speaking about referees at the conclusion of Sunday’s draw with Tottenham, Guardiola went on to say that he had no time for mind games. Regarding the Arsenal manager’s ire after losing at Newcastle due to a contentious VAR ruling, he declared in his post-match interview that he would not “do a Mikel Arteta comment.”
Guardiola spoke on the subject on Tuesday, saying: “People say, ‘Oh you wanted to make a dig at Mikel.'” I was not going to poke fun at Mikel. It was a small joke, so perhaps some folks missed it. I give Mikel a call when I want to talk to him. It has just been a week since our conversation.
“The goal of mind games is to outsmart your opponents. Having the ball for fifteen minutes and creating opportunities is known as mind games. It’s a mental game if you are significantly superior than them. To regulate players’ feelings both before and after by managers? Not a chance.