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Pep Guardiola quizzed on challenge of Newcastle United and…that Champions League exit

2 weeks ago
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Pep Guardiola has been talking to the media on Friday afternoon.

The Manchester City boss meeting journalists ahead of the game against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Understandably, a lot of focus as well on that dramatic Champions League exit on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola having seen his team exit two competitions inside these last three weeks, Liverpool defeating them in the FA Cup semi-final, then Real Madrid at the same stage in Europe.

Only one point ahead of Liverpool with four games each to go, any slip-up in the Premier League likely to be fatal…

Pep Guardiola speaking ahead of the home game against Newcastle United and asked if can now concentrate better on the league (after exiting Champions League) – 6 May 2022:

“The focus will be exactly the same because the potential final would have been after the Premier League (season had ended).

“The Leeds game was difficult (winning 4-0 away from home) and after this we knew it would be four finals (in the ofur remaining Premier League games).

“I’m not thinking about the title.

“I’m thinking about Newcastle.

“Focus on the team and Eddie Howe.”

Kevin de Bruyne injured or available?

“Kevin de Bruyne is available.

“It was tactical to substitute him against Real Madrid.”

Pep Guardiola asked what he has told his players after their Champions League exit:

“Nothing.

“No words can ever help to feel what we all feel.

“Just time, sleep as best as possible and think of the next target.

“On Saturday we will be together again and talk about who we are as a team, what we had done to get to the semi-finals of the Champions League.”

Asked whether he and his Man City squad can still go on to win a Champions League:

“It’s a question I can’t answer.

“Football is unpredictable.

“We have to be competing in all competitions, it’s an honour for us and people don’t appreciate what this club does.

“For me, it is incredibly remarkable to be in the Champions League semi-finals again, making the steps to be better and competing against an established team, home and away.

“People say that if this group of players and Guardiola don’t win a title, then they are failures, I completely disagree.

“We know how difficult everything is.

“We accept everyone was sad but we were close.

“The players wanted to play in the final but for this club to compete against Real the way we did was a joy.”

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