Pep Guardiola expressed dissatisfaction with Manchester City’s performance against Newcastle United on Sunday, despite the club’s 4-0 victory at St James’ Park.

Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo scored in the first half, and Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scored in the second half to help the Citizens secure all three points and break two English Premier League records in a single calendar year.

City remain top of the table after scoring 11 unanswered goals in their last two Premier League victories, but Guardiola believes his side can perform better.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, the Spaniard said: “Good result. Exceptional [result], in a not very good performance at all.

“We were lucky for the goal we scored at the beginning of the game. The second goal was a brilliant action from Joao, but the way we played in the first half was one of the poorest of the season.

“The first half was a dangerous position. The second half was much, much better. During the season this can happen. It’s normal. You can’t be brilliant all the time.”

“We more than deserved the victory but we know we can do better and better. In these types of games you might not be so brilliant, but the simple things we missed, not the complicated ones.

“To take a result is so important in this long season ahead of us.”

Man City will sit atop the Premier League table this Christmas and will now turn their attention to their Boxing Day match against Leicester City at home.


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