Pep Guardiola 'proud' of Manchester City's character in Newcastle win
Last Updated: 21/01/18 11:30pm
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City proved against Newcastle their title charge will not be derailed by complacency.
The Premier League leaders beat the Magpies 3-1 thanks to a Sergio Aguero hat-trick on Saturday after they succumbed to their first Premier League defeat of the season at Liverpool a week prior.
Guardiola feels his side's response against Newcastle, which maintained their 12-point lead at the top, showed character and says he is "proud" to manage the team.
"I said many times it was going to happen, we can lose, so [it is] important the reaction we have to do," Guardiola said.
"Still we have 42 points to play [for]. It is 14 games. It is a lot of games to play and difficult games like Saturday and like Liverpool. It is important to show the team is still there but I don't have the feeling we give up.
"We want to go through to the final in the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, so [we have] a lot of games but I think the people have the desire to keep going, to keep going, to keep going.
"Even with 12 points it is important to see the personality, the team and try to do the things with no mistakes. Never did I not see it this season and that is why I am so proud to be their manager."
City are still in the running in three other competitions, with a Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Bristol City on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
City's domination of the top flight this season has earned plenty of credit but Guardiola does not want to reflect on that yet and wants his players to keep looking ahead to their remaining fixtures.
He added: "I said to them until fixture 24 we were the best team but that doesn't count. It counts after fixture 38.
"Still we have 14 and to win 10 or 11 games will be tough. Every team will play for something, to stay (up), for Europa League, Champions League and will be focused.
"I said, 'Don't look back, look at what we have to achieve,' because if you try to [look at] what happened behind, that is not a good solution from my experience."
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