Brave, foolhardy or puzzling? Perhaps Guardiola’s diatribe was all of them | Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s discarding of his role as cheerleader-in-chief for his Manchester City players is a first peek behind the Catalan’s urbane public mask since the tetchiness of his opening season.

Then, as now, the cause of the manager’s ire was a misfiring team. After a tight win over Burnley in January 2017 Guardiola knew the fight was for a Champions League place, not the title, and when asked by reporters this uber-winner could not contain his disgust.

Thursday night’s reveal after the 4-2 win over Tottenham was different in two respects from the mini-meltdown of six years ago that…

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