Challenge accepted – Guardiola not giving up on Premier League title

January 31 02:58 2019

Laporte said: “We had chances and we should have scored more goals”. Tomorrow is a game for our opponents. We beat Man Utd at home last season, and that was a turning point, so hopefully this can be.

“We are not at the top and that can sometimes happen, I can understand the players so congratulations to Newcastle“.

But after admitting “it was not our best night” with their flat and careless display on Tyneside, talk of an unprecedented quadruple will be on the back-burner for now.

The ex-England striker added: “There was a little bit of anxiousness and a little bit of nervousness around and Jurgen Klopp won’t want that to feed into the team, because there is still a long way to go”. “I prefer to be in that position”.

“A lot of teams are playing many reasons, teams to stay in the Premier League, others to go to the Europa League, for the Champions League”.

Georginio Wijnaldum acknowledged the blow of a missed opportunity but insisted “every point is good” after Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.

However, City lost their rhythm after that and were punished when Salomon Rondon equalized for Newcastle in the 66th minute from an Isaac Hayden header.

“That is what makes you become a better team and a better club”.

“I don’t think too many people believed we could win the game, but we did”. The game was not good. We are really looking forward to it, but it won’t be easy like the last game (a 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace) was not easy.

Instead, it turned into the mystifying ordeal of a wholly unexpected 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park that leaves the brilliant Spanish coach facing the toughest challenge of his City stewardship as he sees their title slipping away.

Rondon did well to get on the end of multiple passes and crosses that came his way, he bullied City’s defenders around easily and, most importantly, he found the back of the net.

Following weekend FA Cup games, the Premier League resumes with games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was reportedly the subject of interest from Manchester United during the last transfer window after impressing for England at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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