After the match, coach Pep Guardiola defended Man City’s defeat. The Spanish strategist affirmed that he “does not aim for a quadruple and will be extremely satisfied with a treble” of the season. Last season, Man City was also eliminated in the Carabao Cup, but won a historic treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.
After the treble, Man City fans hope the home team continues to reach a new historic milestone with a quadruple treble. However, Pep Guardiola affirmed that he is not worried as Man City’s hope of winning four has officially ended (not counting the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup).
When asked by the media if he was disappointed that his team could not win the quadruple again, Man City coach Pep Guardiola replied: “Do you think Man City’s goal is to win the quadruple?” ?
Honestly, that’s not the case. We played very well and Man City are very pleased to have won the treble. Our expectations are high, but not high enough to not be satisfied with that (the quadruple).”
After Newcastle’s opening goal, Pep Guardiola’s temper began to flare up, when he received a yellow card for arguing with fourth referee Chris Kavanagh. After the final whistle sounded, Guardiola thought the yellow card he received was deserved.
Responding to his yellow card, Pep Guardiola said: “I don’t know how many fouls they committed, how many fouls we committed and the number of yellow cards. But it is like that, sometimes there are emotions in I respect the referee and their work. A yellow card for me is deserved.”
Pep Guardiola also decided not to send key striker Erling Haaland onto the field even though Man City was behind at the beginning of the second half and had plenty of time to turn the situation around. When asked by the media if he considered sending Haaland off the bench, Pep Guardiola explained: “No. I think Kyle Walker has played a lot of minutes, Erling Haaland has played a lot of minutes this season. Manchester City has many matches ahead. Maybe with the last 10-15 minutes of the game left, I could have put them on the field, but I decided not to do that.”
Before the match against Newcastle, Pep Guardiola personally declared that he did not take the Carabao Cup seriously. In fact, Man City played with the second lineup in the loss to Newcastle. Pep Guardiola shared before the match: “Some players with many minutes on the field this season will not play against Newcastle. The Carabao Cup is a great tournament for all those who don’t play regularly. They can play for a few minutes and it’s perfect.
But for the other players, I won’t waste a single percent of my energy on the Carabao Cup. People like Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias play 90 minutes for Man City, 90 minutes for the national team, they are exhausted.
That’s why we will play against Newcastle with other people, which are young players from Man City’s training academy and maybe me too. My back is getting stronger so I can manage for a few minutes.”
The defeat against Newcastle was Man City’s first loss this season (not counting the English Super Cup match against Arsenal). Pep Guardiola’s army won all 7 previous matches, including 6 in the Premier League and 1 in the Champions League. Man City is leading the Premier League with 18 points.