Man City Boss Picks Positives from Newcastle Draw

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has accepted their 2-2 draw against Newcastle United and pointed out lessons learned from the game.

A win from the match could have placed City at a better position in their title race but Jetro Willems and Jonjo Shelvey blew out the wish by scoring one goal apiece for Newcastle.

Pep Guardiola. (Photo: Courtesy)

Willems canceled out Raheem Sterling’s 15th goal of the season but Kevin De Bruyne thought he had won it with a fine 82nd-minute strike, only for Shelvey to curl home a brilliant 87th-minute equalizer.

The equalizer, coupled with Martin Dubravka’s stoppage-time save from Sterling, ensured the game finished level.
City, who started the day nine points behind leaders Liverpool, dominated possession throughout but could not turn the pressure into enough goals to atone for their defensive fragility in front of a crowd of 49,937 at St James’ Park.

“It’s what we’ve lived for the last four years. We found a way and today, we found it again but unfortunately, in the end, we conceded a goal. We could not score all the chances we had; they scored the two chances they had,” Guardiola said.

“We have to accept it, work on strengths and learn from it. It’s tough but we have just two days to recover. In good moments, be calm. In bad moments, live this kind of moment,” he explained.

Other notable matches of the day include the clash between Liverpool and Brighton, Chelsea and West Ham, and Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth.

On Sunday, Norwich City and Arsenal will be the major highlight.

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