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Guardiola ready to fight to revive Man City’s title hopes after Newcastle defeat


Guardiola seeks to turn Man City’s fortunes around

Man City manager Pep Guardiola is not ready to give up on his Premier League title defence after Tuesday’s shock defeat to Newcastle United as he seeks to turn his team’s fortunes around.

Guardiola is not prepared to throw in the towel just yet even though the Citizens face the risk of slipping seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool at the top of the table, with the Reds scheduled to face Leicester City on Wednesday.

Sergii Aguero put City ahead even before a minute was played but Solomon Rondon’s equaliser and Matt Ritchie’s 80th-minute winner from the penalty spot dealt a huge blow to the Citizens in their title defence.

And Guardiola is ready to fight tooth and nail to revive his team’s Premier League campaign.

“The next week will be tough with Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea,” said the Catalan after his 100th English top-flight game at the helm ended in disappointment.

“We are in January and we are behind the leaders but there are a lot of titles and points to play for.

“Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t – we have just won eight games in a row and scored 30 goals without reply but sometimes things don’t go your way.

“We had a chance to reduce the lead. When you are behind you have to win games and we couldn’t do that.

“I know the challenge is big, being in all competitions is what it is. If you want to go up as a club you have to accept that challenge. I prefer to be in that position.”



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