Pep Guardiola: Man City boss wary of ‘tough’ fixture challenge

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Newcastle 2-1 Manchester City: Blues now now not aggressive ample – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola acknowledged his Manchester City aspect must overcome the “inform” of a elaborate bustle of fixtures as they search for to receive their title defence serve now now not off target after a 2-1 loss at Newcastle.

Leaders Liverpool might per chance per chance circulate seven capabilities sure of the champions if they beat Leicester at Anfield on Wednesday.

“Subsequent week will be complex with Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea,” he acknowledged.

“If we want to head up as a club we must accept that inform. There are a host of titles and capabilities to play for.”

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds appear to bring collectively a more uncomplicated bustle with fits in opposition to West Ham and Bournemouth to discover after their sport in opposition to the Foxes.

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City took the lead after most keen 24 seconds when Sergio Aguero scored his 17th aim of the season, however that used to be most keen regarded as one of four efforts they managed now now not off target within the match.

Newcastle hit serve within the 66th minute when Salomon Rondon fired house before Matt Ritchie scored the winner from the space after Fernandinho had fouled Sean Longstaff within the region.

It used to be the champions’ fourth league defeat of the season and Guardiola’s men bring collectively now conceded as many targets in this campaign as they did within the whole lot of the last.

The feeble Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: “I fancy these gamers.

“They gave me your complete prestige I even bring collectively in England. I will strive to be right here to support them. I know how they really feel valid now and I am beside them, end to them. It’s some distance an improbable neighborhood of gamers, neighborhood of guys.

“In most cases things lope your system and barely they don’t – we had received eight video games in a row and scored 30 targets without answer.”

When asked about his aspect’s expose at St James’ Park, Guardiola acknowledged: “Our sport used to be sluggish, we did now not commit. They shoot for the main time and or now now not it is a aim, the second used to be a penalty. But congratulations to Newcastle.

“It used to be now now not our most keen night. We lost second balls, we were now now not aggressive ample, that’s the reason we are capable of also now now not retract.”

Fixtures coming up (Premier League unless acknowledged)
LiverpoolManchester City
30 JanuaryLeicester City (H)
3 FebruaryArsenal (H)
4 FebruaryWest Ham (A)
6 FebruaryEverton (A)
9 FebruaryBournemouth (H)
10 FebruaryChelsea (H)
16 FebruaryBoro/Newport (FA Cup)
19 FebruaryBayern Munich (H) (CL)
20 FebruarySchalke 04 (A) (CL)
24 FebruaryManchester United (A)Chelsea (EFL Cup final)
27 FebruaryWatford (H)West Ham (H)

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