Pep Guardiola has hit back at ex-players questioning Manchester City’s mentality – and saved his best dig for Man United legend Patrice Evra.

A number of pundits called out the attitude of Guardiola’s men after another failed attempt to win the Champions League.

Guardiola’s side have the Premier League title within their grasp

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Guardiola’s side have the Premier League title within their grasp

But the Champions league eluded them once again

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But the Champions league eluded them once again

The Premier League leaders were victims of a stunning late turnaround against Real Madrid, who scored twice in the dying moments and won their semi-final in extra-time.

Attempting to explain how a dominant City came up short in Europe once again, ex-United defender Patrice Evra said: “Manchester City needs leaders, but Guardiola doesn’t want leaders.

“He doesn’t want personality. He’s the leader. That’s why when they’re in trouble they don’t want to. They don’t have anyone on the pitch to help them.”

Evra’s former United teammate Dimitar Berbatov echoed those thoughts, as did Netherlands legend Clarence Seedorf.

Berbatov said: “If a small team, who don’t have that much talent and class concede two goals at the end of the game, we’ll say it’s because they are a small team with a small mindset and with no winning mentality.”

And Seedorf said: “Manchester City, like PSG, lack a mentality. Real Madrid’s mentality isn’t something created in a year or two, or even ten.

Guardiola had a message for Evra and co.

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Guardiola had a message for Evra and co.

“It’s about coming to a club where you know you’re a part of something much greater than yourself.”

When asked about those comments, Guardiola pointed out the same players have since consolidated City’s place at the top of the Premier League table, despite intense pressure from Liverpool.

The Spaniard also highlighted his past encounters with the aforementioned players, notably the 2011 Champions League final between his Barcelona side and United.

Berbatov didn’t play, but Evra was involved as Barca cruised to a 3-1 victory at Wembley Stadium.

“The answer is so easy,” Guardiola said. “It’s the same characters and personalities that lost in Madrid in the last two or three minutes.

“The specialist former players – like Seedorf, Berbatov and Evra – these type of people, they were there and I played against them.

The ex-Barcelona boss wanted to remind Evra of his defeat

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The ex-Barcelona boss wanted to remind Evra of his defeat

“And I didn’t see when played against them this personality, when we destroyed them in the Champions League final against United.

“It’s the same character and personality. You can’t not have personality when you concede two goals in one minute, when you have two chances to score.

“After the last four games, when we score 22 goals, we are incredible personalities and this kind of thing!”

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