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Guardiola backs his Man City players after Newcastle loss

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 29, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Pep Guardiola knows Man City’s 2-1 loss at Newcastle United on Tuesday was not his side’s best performance, and congratulated the Magpies on their win.

That’s where the little picture views stops cold.

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Guardiola reflected on City’s big picture after the loss, which could see the reigning champions drop seven points back of Liverpool if the Reds win at Leicester City on Wednesday.

“I love these players,” he said. “They gave me all the prestige I have in England. I will try to be here to help them. I know how they feel right now and I am beside them, close to them. It is an incredible group of players, group of guys. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t. We had won eight games in a row and scored 30 goals without reply.”

City is now 5W-4L in its last nine Premier League matches, and hosts Arsenal next. Life isn’t easy (and we bet Unai Emery isn’t pleased about Newcastle’s smash-and-grab).

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