Pep Guardiola cites '96 Newcastle title collapse in warning to Man City

City conceded three goals in nine second-half minutes during their 4-3 defeat by Liverpool on Super Sunday last weekend, but remain 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Four minutes later, Kevin de Bruyne almost put his name on the score-sheet, but the Belgian's strike was turned away by Karl Darlow.

After their defeat by Liverpool, City were murderous. However, a spectacular pass from Leroy Sane found Aguero for his third of the game and delivered all three points to manager Pep Guardiola's team. Sterling is City's leading goal-scorer with 14 league goals this season and he has scored five goals in his past five home appearances.

The win has restored City's 12-point lead over second place Manchester United.

In all competitions, City have played 17 matches at home this season and have won 16 - their solitary slip-up a draw against Everton when they were reduced to 10 men. "The most important is the next one, Newcastle is so, so important".

Chelsea travel to Brighton without the suspended Pedro and Alvaro Morata as Antonio Conte's side look for a first league win in 2018. He didn't touch the ball before the first and then he scored.

Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko in action with Newcastle United's Javi Manquillo. Darren Staples  Reuters
Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko in action with Newcastle United's Javi Manquillo. Darren Staples Reuters

"And you go through any champions, World Cup, Premier League, European Championships, European Cups, tell me a team that has won anything without a good, in-form goalkeeper?"

Newcastle's top scorer this season is Joselu with four goals, and neither he nor Dwight Gayle have been particularly convincing up top.

City have earned plenty of plaudits as they have dominated the Premier League this season.

Going on an wonderful dribble into the Newcastle box Sane got the better of his defenders, breaking through three challenges before passing to Aguero for the hat-trick.

David Silva could be back for City after overcoming a stomach problem. At the end, the players, when they have contenders, they decide where they want to play.

City maintained their advantage over second-placed Manchester United on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United and ironically it's the Magpies who have proved an inspiration to the Catalan coach. Newcastle have been struggling all season, and it is hard to see them putting up a good enough barrier against this high powered Cityzen offence.

  • Julie Sanders