Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted that his side failed to beat Newcastle United due to a big challenge of being in all competitions.

The Premier League champions have suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Magpies on Tuesday night at St James’ Park.

The Citizens have taken a lead on the first minute of the game thanks to Sergio Aguero, but Rafa Benitez’s side came from behind in the second half to win the game.

Therefore, Guardiola reveals it will be difficult to retain the Premier League title this season with Liverpool set to play tonight.

“It is difficult. We have a chance to do it but we need to win our games,” Guardiola said.

“The advantage is not there but we need to continue. We have to do our games and know what we have to do.”

“You can lose. Football is competitive. We had a chance today to reduce the lead. Tomorrow is a game for our opponent. When you are behind you have to win games and we couldn’t do that.”

“I know the challenge is big, being in all competitions is what it is. If you want to go up as a club you have to accept that challenge. I prefer to be in that position.”

“It wasn’t our best. We start with a goal but in the game, we didn’t have the rhythm to impose our game.”

“The second balls and long balls we didn’t take it. We had the chances but when this happens everything is open. Congratulations to Newcastle.”

The Citizens are back in the Premier League action on Sunday evening when they take on Arsenal at the Etihad.

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