Pep on near concession: “We were involved in their rhythm”

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Pep Guardiola even has the right description for his team’s near failure.

Newcastle United sprung late pressure on Manchester City at St. James’ Park on Wednesday, and the Magpies came close to getting a point from the Premier League leaders.

[ RECAP: Newcastle 0-1 Man City ]

They didn’t, however, with Dwight Gayle‘s header bounding wide of the far post, and emerged with an 18-straight league win (one shy of the record Guardiola set at Bayern Munich).

Guardiola knows his team deserved a win, but pay attention to his description of what didn’t work for his men in that final stage at SJP, as well as his mild shot at slipping Kyle Walker.

“We deserved to win by far. We did absolutely everything. They defended really well in the counter attack. They defended deep and it’s not easy when this happens but we created enough chances in the first half and the beginning of the second. In the last minutes, we were involved in their rhythm.

“We created chances through halftime, it could’ve been 3 or 4-0, or 4-1 because Kyle is sleeping. But if you have 18 games in a row winning, you may have to live 10-15 minutes in that way.”
He’s 100 percent right (and yes we’re fawning over Guardiola for knowing what didn’t work. Such is life with a 18-match win streak).