Pep Guardiola quizzed on new Raheem Sterling contract and says can’t afford to lose at Newcastle
Pep Guardiola says that losing at St James Park in January is ‘forgotten’, although he admits that he and his team learned a lot from that day.
As he points out, Man City didn’t suffer any after effects.
Guardiola’s team not losing another domestic match last season, winning all three domestic trophies and victors in all 14 Premier League matches after that defeat.
Not quite as dominant this season and pep Guardiola admits ‘I know we can’t (afford to) lose at the moment’, which of course in reality means they cant even afford to draw on Saturday, as they are already nine points behind Liverpool.
Manchester City aren’t exactly struggling for goals this season with 37 in the Premier League and 55 in all competitions but accusations have been made about his defence.
Last season they only conceded 23 goals in 38 PL matches and already this season they have conceded 14 in 13, despite that Pep Guardiola insists: ‘We are alright defensively, we concede few chances, we have to adjust a little detail but we concede few chances and few goals.’
Asked about Sterling’s contract position, the Man City boss deflected the question simply saying the player is improving all the time and others at the club are dealing with new contract.
Pep Guardiola pre-Newcastle press conference:
“Newcastle away is always difficult.
“It is a tough test.
“We know the situation that we are in, (after Newcastle) we have Burnley away and then the derby against United.
“It (losing in January at St James Park) is forgotten.
“We played slow, we forgot to attack at 1-0.
“We learned from that, obviously, but we had a bad, bad day.
“Everybody understood that and we make a step forward.
“We spoke (after losing to Newcastle) about being who we are after the next game.
“In that moment I didn’t think we were going to win 14 games in a row and win the Premier League.
“We are alright defensively, we concede few chances, we have to adjust a little detail but we concede few chances and few goals.
“I’m not thinking about winning the Premier League right now.
“First we have to get past Leicester, then Liverpool.
“I know we can’t (afford to) lose at the moment.
“He (Sterling) is getting better season by season.
“On the contract I can’t answer, it’s Txiki and Ferran in charge of that.”
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