Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola offered few excuses after seeing his side slip to a shock 2-1 loss away to Newcastle tonight, with the Spanish coach even congratulating Rafa Benitez’s side.
Reigning Premier League Champions City looked on course for a routine win when Sergio Aguero stroked home after just 24 seconds.
However, Guardiola’s side failed to kick on and their sloppiness was punished during the second-half, with a Salomon Rondon finish and Matt Richtie penalty sealing an unlikely win for the Magpies.
Speaking after the game Guardiola conceded his side had not been at their best.
“It wasn’t our best. We start with a goal but in the game, we didn’t have the rhythm to impose our game,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“The second balls and long balls we didn’t take it. We had the chances but when this happens everything is open. Congratulations to Newcastle.”
Tonight’s loss means that Liverpool can extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points when they face Leicester City tomorrow at Anfield, with Guardiola admitting his side face a difficult task if they are to regain their Premier League crown this season.
“It is difficult. We have a chance to do it but we need to win our games. The advantage is not there but we need to continue. We have to do our games and know what we have to do. You can lose. Football is competitive.”