The Spaniard saw his team advance to fifth place with a victory on Boxing Day, but stressed that anything can, and will, happen in a reversed campaign.
Pep Guardiola has expressed his satisfaction after Manchester City became a comfortable victor against Newcastle United, but acknowledged that nothing is easy this season as he chases a place in the top four.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres gave the Blues a relatively routine result against Steve Bruce’s Magpies to deliver a three-point treat at the end of Boxing Day at Etihad Stadium, in miserable conditions created by Storm Bella.
The result saw back-to-back top flight victories for the second time this season for City, who, so accustomed to starting their campaigns on a compelling streak of results, have just found their footing after a surprisingly difficult opening stretch.
However, the victory has now moved them to fifth place, just one point behind Manchester United’s fourth place and three from Everton in second, with both Mancunian clubs also blessed with a game in hand to improve their position.
However, now recovered in his familiar position of favorites in the top four in the table, Guardiola refuses to let himself go, noting that his team’s hectic schedule, further condensed by his success in the Carabao Cup and the Liga de Champions, keep your focus on the immediate future.
“[It was ] a hard game, [with the weather conditions and [an] opponent we have fought against to score, ”said the Spaniard in his post-match press conference.
“That is the tempo we have to play. Today our positional game was perfect, unfortunately we couldn’t score more goals but it’s a good result and three more points.
“We cannot think much, the schedule is a match every three days. The players are engaged and focused.
“We are very far from the top, last week we were tenth in the table, the whole season has gone up and down. There are rare results for everyone, this season you have to be calm in good times and in bad times.
“We play very well, the rhythm we have to play football is this rhythm. Today was the best game of the season for the players who are in the position where they should be ”.
Guardiola also offered a resigned critique of the FA’s holiday jam amid the coronavirus pandemic, with City facing a 48-hour turnaround before facing Everton on December 28.
“Tomorrow the players have to regenerate and prepare in one day,” he added. “This pandemic puts us in an extreme situation, but this is how England [and the FA] he likes it, so we accept it. “
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