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‘Weird results for everyone’ – Guardiola cautious of ‘up and down’ Premier League season after Newcastle win

‘Weird results for everyone’ – Guardiola cautious of ‘up and down’ Premier League season after Newcastle win
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‘Weird results for everyone’ – Guardiola cautious of ‘up and down’ Premier League season after Newcastle win

‘Bizarre outcomes for everybody’ – Guardiola cautious of ‘up and down’ Premier League season after Newcastle win

The Spaniard noticed his facet transfer into fifth with a Boxing Day victory however harassed that something can – and can – occur in a topsy-turvy marketing campaign

Pep Guardiola has professed his satisfaction after Manchester Metropolis got here via as snug winners in opposition to Newcastle United – however acknolwedged that there isn’t a plain crusing this time period as he chases a top-four berth.

Targets from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres handed the Blues a comparatively routine end result in opposition to Steve Bruce’s Magpies to ship a late Boxing Day current of three factors on the Etihad Stadium, in depressing circumstances crafted by Storm Bella.

The end result delivered back-to-back top-flight wins for under the second time this season for Metropolis, who – so used to beginning their campaigns with an imperious run of outcomes – have solely simply discovered their footing after a surprisingly troublesome opening stretch.

Victory has now moved them as much as fifth nonetheless, only a level off fourth-place Manchester United and three off Everton in second – with each Mancunian golf equipment additionally blessed with a sport in hand to enhance their standing.

Now restored to their acquainted place of top-four favourites within the desk nonetheless, Guardiola is refusing to get carried away, pointing to his facet’s hectic schedule, condensed additional by their Carabao Cup and Champions League success, as retaining their give attention to the speedy future.

“[It was ] a robust sport, [with the weather conditions and [an] opponent who now we have struggled to attain in opposition to,” the Spaniard instructed his post-match press convention.

“That’s the tempo we have to play. At the moment our positional sport was good, sadly we couldn’t rating extra targets however it’s a good end result and three extra factors.

“We can not assume a lot, the schedule is a sport each three days. The gamers are dedicated and centered.

“We’re distant from the highest, final week we had been tenth within the desk, all of the season is up and down. There are bizarre outcomes for everybody, this season you need to be calm within the good and the dangerous moments.

“We performed very well, the tempo now we have to play soccer is that this tempo.  At the moment was the perfect sport of the season for gamers being within the place they must be in.”

Guardiola additionally provided resigned criticism of the FA’s festive fixture logjam amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Metropolis dealing with a 48-hour turnaround earlier than they face Everton on December 28.

“Tomorrow the gamers must regenerate and put together in at some point,” he added. “This pandemic places us in an excessive scenario, however that is how England [and the FA] likes it so we settle for it.”

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