English Premiership

Pep's secret recipe working out for City

2017-12-28 11:18
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City's Premier League rivals that his team will find a way to win in every match.

Guardiola’s side stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 15-points over Manchester United on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United.

Rafael Benitez's men attempted to stop City with an ultra-defensive approach, but Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal proved to be enough despite some late pressure from the hosts.

Speaking after the game Guardiola talked about how he had to set up his team to win in the face of his opponent’s defensive approach.

"As a manager, I have to adapt my team to convince them. In these 18 games, we have played against teams who have done high pressing, low pressing, counter-attacks, just set pieces, just like Tottenham who tried to go forward and attack, and in all of them, we have been able to beat them," said Guardiola.

"The magnificent thing about football and any manager of any team is they can play any way.

"Teams can try to trick you, but you have to be able to beat them and until now we have been able to do that. Until now, we have found a way to win."

The win could have been more comfortable as City hit the woodwork twice through Sergio Aguero and Magpies keeper Rob Elliot made several important saves.

"Of course, this was tough - it's the Premier League and everyone says this is the toughest one. But if you analyse 90 minutes, we were much, much better and created enough chances in the first-half and the start of the second half,” added Guardiola.

"If you analysed the last 10 minutes when they crossed once and could have scored one goal, it might have been different, but we were much better.

"It's not easy to maintain our focus in that period. Everyone is on holiday, everyone has a party at home. To be focused after 17 games in a row is not easy, but we did it."


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