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Pep Guardiola: We always suffer

chroniclelive: Pep Guardiola reminded his players that they ‘always suffer’ in the ‘last periods’ against Newcastle United – and the Man City boss was pleased with how his side ‘maintained’ Andy Carroll in their FA Cup quarter-final win.

The holders have a semi-final against Arsenal to look forward to in the capital next month after a comfortable 2-0 victory at St James’ Park.

It was Guardiola’s first win on Tyneside since December, 2017 and although substitute Dwight Gayle had a glorious opportunity to equalise for Newcastle midway through the second half, it said it all about the visitors’ quality that Raheem Sterling doubled City’s advantage just a minute later.

Guardiola noted that ‘football is the only game in the world that the opponent can have one shot on target and can win the game’, but the Catalan was keen to point out ‘when one team does more than the opponent, always you are closer to winning’.

“The result was open – it was not close. Sometimes to keep the concentration at 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 is more difficult,” he told reporters on a Zoom call after the game.

“When the result is at 1-0, anything can happen. I think we were fully concentrated all game and we had a good performance.

“We always suffer against Newcastle in the last periods. The game was quite similar to the ones we played.

“In the first half, we controlled, we scored a goal and the previous times it always happens: the last 20 minutes change and sometimes they draw and sometimes they win.

“That’s why we knew it, we spoke about this, so we were fully committed and being in London again in the semi-final of the FA Cup is incredible for us.”

Having had just 24 per cent possession, Newcastle only one shot on target during the whole game and that was Andy Carroll’s long-range effort in the first half, which City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo comfortably dealt with.

Andy Carroll holds off the challenge from Nicolas Otamendi in Newcastle United’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Man City at St James’ Park on June 28

City defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi certainly did their homework on Carroll after the 31-year-old got the nod to lead the line from the start for the first time since December.

“Well, it’s not easy because Andy Carroll’s incredibly strong with the long balls and headers,” Guardiola added. “I said to them if you want to fight and try to win, win but if we don’t lose because they won the position, don’t worry.

“It was important to maintain him far away outside of the 18-yard box and we did it.”

Source: Published by chroniclelive

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Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
1 month ago

Man city can bounce back

Josephine Nnabugwu
Josephine Nnabugwu
1 month ago

Best coach ever!

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

man city will bounce back

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

It’s true

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

Good coach

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

It won’t b an easy match for city

Ruyinose success
Ruyinose success
1 month ago

Good coach

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Man city will adjust

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

Alot.

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

Andy Carroll really tried

Okonjo eluemuno Michael
Okonjo eluemuno Michael
1 month ago

Clubs are no longer afraid of man city again.

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
1 month ago

Nice coach

ojelabi babatunde
ojelabi babatunde
1 month ago

the coach did well……

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

Pep guardiola is right

Ezema Paul
Ezema Paul
1 month ago

Really?

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

The better

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

They need more young players

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

Man city will bounce back stronger

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
1 month ago

Good coach

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Great coach

Anyaechem Benedict
Anyaechem Benedict
1 month ago

It’s well deserved win for man city

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
1 month ago

Yes Man City will surely bounce back.

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Nice one.

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

True talk

Nwachukwu ogechi
Nwachukwu ogechi
1 month ago

Wow

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

He is a wonderful coach

Nwachukwu ogechi
Nwachukwu ogechi
1 month ago

Wow amazing

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Man city is a very good team

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
1 month ago

Is always difficult to win Newcastle at home ground

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

never been easy

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
1 month ago

The fear of Andy carol

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
1 month ago

Best coach ever for Man city

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

yes, but we can still make it

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
1 month ago

Tyneside is always a difficult place for Manchester City to visit

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
1 month ago

This fear can mean a possible victory

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Mancity will adjust.

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

Mancity will come back better

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Mancity will pick again

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
1 month ago

Guadiolar is right

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
26 days ago

Man City will definitely bounce back stronger