Pep Guardiola knows that Manchester City fans will be behind the team if ‘bad moments’ arrive.
Ahead of Sunday’s match with Tottenham, the Spanish coach said he has no doubt Manchester City’s fans will be behind them if they ever hit a poor run.
Guardiola: Our fans have always been there
Guardiola told reporters: “We want the fans to enjoy and have fun, have one hour and 30 minutes in good moments. That depends on us. When we play good, always they are there.
“It’s just sometimes the situation is not going well. In that moment it’s not because the players don’t want it – because they’ve proved over how many years their consistency – but it is in that moment we need them.
“Of course we won a lot and, in the future, maybe you have to understand in the mind that this is an exception. It’s not normal to win the treble, it’s not normal to win five Premier Leagues in six years.
“You have to understand that – OK, continue to enjoy – but if the bad moments are coming this season and the next one and the next one, you have to be there.
“And I’m pretty sure they’ll be there because it’s a club that has come from Maine Road and from being in mid-table, not fighting for the titles. They were there all the time.
“I was not here but the people talk to me. So if it’s coming back down a little, ‘Come on, let’s go.’ Do what you have to do to come back there on top of the league and don’t be down for a long time.”
Guardiola: The players are the most important thing
Guardiola added: “The players are the most important thing, and I know they know it, otherwise what we have done cannot be possible.
“The players always are there, even losing 0-2, still we run, still we fight.”
After Man City beat Tottenham at Etihad in January, Guardiola accused his players of being a ‘happy flowers’ team and lacking the guts and desire to win. City went on to win the treble last season, but Guardiola has downplayed the significance of his comments.
He said: “That was my feeling in that moment. I had to say something. Because we won we can believe it (worked) but it is not the truth. Because we won (people say), ‘How brilliant was Pep?’ but we could do it again and it might not work.”