Ruthless Pep Guardiola delivers a scathing verdict of Manchester City’s thumping FOUR-goal win at Newcastle, as he insists it was ‘not a great performance in any respect’ regardless of admitting the outcome was ‘distinctive’
Manchester City might need set a brand new document for victories on Sunday, scoring 4 in the method, however Pep Guardiola scolded his gamers after a lacklustre show.
The Premier League champions turned the primary group in historical past to win 34 top-flight video games over a calendar yr by cruising previous Newcastle United.
Despite the convenience with which they notched up an eighth consecutive win – going six factors away from third-placed Chelsea – their supervisor was left unimpressed with the collective performance.
Pep Guardiola criticised Manchester City’s performance after their 4-0 victory at Newcastle
The remarks underlined why City are so persistently robust beneath the Catalan as they hunt for a fourth league title in 5 years.
‘It was an distinctive outcome and never a great performance in any respect – particularly in the primary half,’ Guardiola mentioned. ‘The method we performed in the primary half was one of many poorest of the season.
‘The high quality of the gamers made the distinction however that’s not the way in which we wish to play.
Joao Cancelo (L) scored City’s second aim, however Guardiola says his facet missed ‘easy issues’
‘Of course, in the sort of sport if you’re not so sensible or constant – you miss easy issues – you’re taking the outcome. What we missed have been the straightforward issues, not the sophisticated issues.’
City are in the envious place of with the ability to rating 4 objectives away from house and nonetheless consider that there are important areas of enchancment.
Guardiola appeared happy that it might serve to maintain his squad in examine on a day that he didn’t name on both Phil Foden or Jack Grealish from the bench.
‘It made me glad for the truth that we is not going to be distracted for this quick run of victories,’ he added. ‘I realised there’s a margin for us to turn into a greater group. The first half was harmful actually. Every participant was not utterly centered.
Guardiola’s group turned the primary group in historical past to win 34 top-flight video games in a calendar yr
‘We are proud. We’ve damaged a document in the present day however I’m nonetheless conscious of the margin we have now to be higher. We’re engaged on that.’
Guardiola has watched his group eat up the aim distinction deficit with their two title rivals this week by scoring 11 instances in two matches.
He claimed that the demolition jobs have ‘solved the aim distinction downside’ however Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was left counting the price of officiating for the second time in 4 days.
Howe was aghast by Martin Atkinson and VAR official Craig Pawson denying the hosts a first-half penalty when Ederson collided with Ryan Fraser at 2-0.
City have scored 11 instances in two matches, however Guardiola is eager for them to maintain bettering
‘I’m not the kind of supervisor that appears for excuses or in charge the officers however it’s one other clear second, an enormous second in the sport, that has gone in opposition to us,’ Howe mentioned.
‘I’m shaking my head at it as a result of the goalkeeper is uncontrolled, he is wiped Ryan out. How VAR hasn’t intervened or how they have not come to that call is a very unusual one.’
Howe can even be disgruntled at his group’s defending after miscommunication between goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Ciaran Clark allowed Ruben Dias to move house a calamitous fifth-minute opener.
Eddie Howe hit out at Newcastle’s defending after the calamitous nature of City’s first aim
‘The particular person errors… it is one thing we have to tackle and wish to have a look at in a short time,’ he mentioned. ‘City are the one group in the world the place you do not wish to chase the sport as a result of they’re so good with the ball.’
Guardiola added: ‘We have been fortunate with the aim we scored initially, the Newcastle defenders misunderstood and have been confused. The second aim was sensible from Joao [Cancelo].’
Meanwhile, City have been once more with out proper again Kyle Walker, with Guardiola twice repeating that the England worldwide ‘didn’t really feel good’.