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‘Not a good performance’ – Guardiola on record-breaking Newcastle win

Sun 19 December 2021 | 18:33

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was unsatisfied with his side’s first-half performance in their 4-0 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.

The defending champions continued their fantastic run of form with another three points in the Premier League after beating Eddie Howe’s side in Tyneside.

Ruben Dias

,

Joao Cancelo

,

Riyad Mahrez

, and

Raheem Sterling

all scored for

Pep Guardiola

’s side, who moved six points clear of

Chelsea

at the top of the Premier League table.

The Citizens became the first Premier League club in history to record 34 top-flight victories in a calendar year, but Guardiola was not happy with his side’s display in the first half.

"A good result, not a good performance,"

Guardiola said to the

BBC

.<em>

"We were lucky, but Newcastle did not defend well for the first goal and a brilliant action from Joao Cancelo for the second goal.

"The first half was one of the worst we have played this season and [the] second half was much better.

"We played better with the ball, gave players more touches but were losing balls in the first half. We were calm at half-time and spoke about what we should do."

The four goals also took

City

to 106 goals for the year, two more than their previous best, and Guardiola praised his side's consistency.

"Records show the consistency we have as a team, it is not winning titles or finals but it is winning and winning,"

Guardiola continued.

"Records are there to be broken and happy to have them.

"I didn't rotate today, I decide the best team, we need a different base for the players and now we have seven days until the next game.

"Hopefully, Leicester are getting better with a lot of COVID cases so I will take a decision on the team."


source: SportMob

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