Manchester City lost ground in the race for the Premier League, as the citizens lost away to the Magpies in Tuesday’s fixture.
City currently trail Premier League leader’s ‘Liverpool’ by four points, a gap which could increase to seven, should the Merseyside reds find a way past Leicester City.
The game took off right from the start, as Manchester City found the net right under the first minute of the game. Sergio Aguero finding the back of the net in just 25 seconds to record the Premier League’s fastest goal of the season.
Newcastle however drew level in the second half, Salomon Rondon sending a lofted ball into the back of the net in the 66th minute, to put City under pressure.
Pep Guardiola was left infuriated with his side and in dismay, as the Manchester blues eventually cracked. Matt Ritchie finding the back of the net from a spot kick, after Fernandinho had fouled Sean Longstaff in the area to give the hosts the lead.
The win was a breath of life into the Magpies, who moved three places up from the relegation struggle in 17th to 14th place, despite Crystal palace and Southampton yet to play.
After the fixture, Pep Guardiola questioned the commitment of his players, but admitted to they would have to carry on fighting to the end, having given Liverpool the Premier League title advantage.
“We knew that we have to win a lot of games because the advantage is not huge. But we have to continue. In football, many things can happen.”
“The most important thing is not thinking about the table. We have to play our game, do what we have to do. When it does not happen, you can lose, it happens. In many, many details, it was not our best today.”
“We didn’t have the rhythm that we need to impose our game. Our game was slow, we didn’t commit, we didn’t find the players who we believed we could find.”
“They shot twice. The first was the goal and the second was the penalty. We had the chances but when that happens, everything is open. Congratulations to Newcastle for the victory.”
“There are episodes that can change the game, of course, but in general we did not have the rhythm for a Premier League game.”
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle (Feb 2)
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