Pep Guardiola’s ‘happy flowers’ rant – what he said and what he actually meant

Pep Guardiola has had his moments during a near seven-year spell in charge of Manchester City but never before has he delivered such an extraordinary, emotionally charged and

exasperated address in television interviews and a press conference as the club’s manager. Having watched his team come from 2-0 down at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur

to win 4-2 thanks to a stunning second-half fightback, Guardiola used the moment to lift the lid on his true feelings about a side he feels has lots its “fire”. Part rant,

part rambling monologue, part desperate rallying call as he challenges his players to hunt down leaders Arsenal, this was an 11min 15sec therapy session Guardiola style. And

it made for a watch every bit as entertaining and jaw-dropping as Rafael Benítez’s “facts” sermon as Liverpool manager or Jose Mourinho’s “heritage” lecture when in charge of

Manchester United.  Here Telegraph Sport analyses what he said – and the meaning behind it.What Guardiola said. . .  “I’m incredibly happy [we beat Spurs] but if we

don’t change we are not going to win anything. I’ve said the last years I have to see my team. The love in our job and lives is to have passion for something. But our fans are

comfortable, we are comfortable. We have the problem that we have four Premier Leagues in five years and Arsenal have two decades without the Premier League – except Gabriel Jesus

and Oleksandr Zinchenko [the former City players] they didn’t win the Premier League.