Man City 2-0 Newcastle LIVE! Bernardo Silva goal - Premier League match stream, latest score and updates today

Man City 2-0 Newcastle LIVE! Bernardo Silva goal - Premier League match stream, latest score and updates today

Manchester City vs Newcastle LIVE!

Another key day in a fierce Premier League title race began at the Etihad Stadium this lunchtime as Man City applied some pressure back on leaders Arsenal. Wins for both clubs last weekend saw the gap at the summit remain at two points, though the Gunners later thrashed Everton in their game in hand on Wednesday to extend the advantage to five with only 13 matches remaining this term.

And with Arsenal playing host to lowly Bournemouth later this afternoon, Pep Guardiola knew his defending champions could not afford to slip-up here or else run the serious risk of as much as an eight-point gulf by the end of the day. Instead they registered a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to a goal in each half from man of the match Phil Foden and substitute Bernardo Silva.

Eddie Howe insists that Newcastle’s Carabao Cup final loss at Wembley has made his team more motivated than ever, but a 14th successive league defeat at the Etihad means they have still not won in the top-flight since January 15 in another setback to their Champions League qualification hopes. Follow Manchester City vs Newcastle reaction live below!

Man City vs Newcastle highlights

  • GOAL! Bernardo Silva doubles lead against run of play

  • GOAL! Foden brilliantly breaks deadlock after 15 minutes

Manchester City FC 2 - 0 Newcastle United FC

Bernardo Silva talking to BT Sport

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"Phil Foden is so good, he is one of those players who can score goals and win games for you.

“I am happy for him, he went through a difficult period with his injury so I am very happy to have him with us because he showed he can solve some of our problems.

"There is a good team spirit at the moment. We have had tough moments this season but we want to compete and do our best. It won't be easy but we will fight for all of the titles we are still in.

"We'll see, we can only focus on ourselves now, we cannot focus on Arsenal. We need to do our job because if we don't it will not matter what Arsenal does or not.”

City cut Arsenal’s title lead... for now

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A goal in each half from the brilliant Phil Foden and substitute Bernardo Silva sees City deservedly cut Arsenal’s title advantage back down to two points... for a few hours at least.

Over to the Gunners, who host lowly Bournemouth in a 3pm kick-off at the Emirates this afternoon.



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Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle

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93 mins: With the last action of the game, Ederson makes a smart save to repel Trippier’s dangerous free-kick.

The Brazilian will preserve his clean sheet.

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91 mins: City had looked to be lining up England duo John Stones and Kalvin Phillips to come on a little earlier, but it hasn’t happened.

Still just the one change from Pep, with no midweek fixture on the horizon.

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90 mins: Four minutes of added time signalled as City play keep ball over on the left, with Haaland having some fun.

A frustrated Lascelles is booked.

Foden deservedly named man of the match. He’s been brilliant.

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88 mins: Matt Targett on for Newcastle now. Off goes Burn.

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87 mins: Another superb Newcastle cross from the right, but no one there to convert.

They’ve certainly had some excellent delivery at times today.

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85 mins: Forgot to note that Jacob Murphy replaced Almiron for Newcastle a few minutes ago.

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84 mins: A strong one-handed save from Pope low to his right to keep this at 2-0 after City had cut through Newcastle, Grealish driving once again and feeding Haaland, who helped it on for Foden.

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80 mins: This is quite fesity stuff late on with Haaland right in the thick of it.

Newcastle are trying to make a game of it through Isak, but for some alert defending from Walker at the back post.

Watch: Bernardo Silva strikes City second off bench

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75 mins: A stumbling Bruno loses the ball and handles it deliberately on the deck to avoid a swift City counter.

The resulting free-kick is lashed well wide.

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72 mins: Tempers flare after Burn’s foul on Grealish and a coming together between the pair.

Haaland steams into it and seems incensed, with players flooding in from both sides.

Eventually the flashpoint is cooled and both Burn and Haaland are booked.

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70 mins: All City since the second goal with the life now sucked out of Newcastle after that post-triple change rally.

GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle | Bernardo Silva 67'

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67 mins: It’s been all Newcastle since those changes but City strike a dagger blow against the run of play!

He’s only been on the pitch for two minutes and 12 seconds, but Bernardo digs out the bottom corner with an expert finish after a neat touch around the corner from Haaland.

Grealish had driven well into the box after Ake won the ball high up the pitch.

Gutting for the Magpies... they have a mountain to climb now.


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66 mins: Isak’s movement is dragging City’s defenders all over the place at the moment - they are really struggling to deal with him and it’s giving Newcastle so much impetus.

He beats Akanji by the byline but a cross towards Saint-Maximin at the back post is overhit and the latter’s header is easily gathered by Ederson.

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65 mins: De Bruyne is the man to make way for Bernardo as Guardiola makes his first change with 25 minutes to go.

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64 mins: That triple switch has already injected far more pace into Newcastle, with Joelinton missing his kick after a brilliant Willock cross. Another huge chance!

Isak then has a first shot blocked and then runs in towards Ederson, who brings him down. Magpies assistant Jason Tindall screaming for a penalty down on the touchline.

But it’s not given.

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63 mins: Here come the Newcastle changes, with Alexander Isak, Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock replacing Wilson, Gordon and Longstaff.

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63 mins: Another late foul from Joelinton there with this game in a very bitty pattern.

He needs to be careful on a yellow...

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61 mins: Howe is preparing a triple change for Newcastle with this game long since having entered a real lull.

Bernardo Silva is also going to enter the fray for City just past the hour mark.

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60 mins: Longstaff was in some pain there but is now back up and fine to continue.

Foden looking dangerous again for City as he coasts into the box, with Haaland then lashing a volley into orbit after a clever flick under pressure from Botman.

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57 mins: Gordon misses the target for Newcastle playing advantage, with Longstaff down after a bruising aerial collision with Ake.

The Dutchman has been booked for his part in that, joining Joelinton. City’s first yellow card of the game and rather remarkably, Ake’s first of the season.

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56 mins: This second half has really yet to get going, which will suit Newcastle.

They are still well in this game at only 1-0.

Guardiola may already be pondering changes to freshen up his attack.

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54 mins: Great defending from Ake on Almiron as Newcastle deliver a dangerous corner that isn’t properly attacked.

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52 mins: Grealish steps inside and lashes a wild shot into the stands after being picked out by Foden.

Joelinton is furious as he’s then booked for an earlier late challenge on Rodri.

That’s his 10th caution of the season and will incur a two-match ban. Another blow for Newcastle during the business end of the season.

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50 mins: An uncharacteristic mistake from De Bruyne halts City’s latest attack as his through ball intended to release Grealish down the left is overhit and trickles harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.

Replays show there was definite contact from Trippier on Grealish with that penalty shout a few moments ago, but it was on the edge of the box.

Hooper and the VAR obviously ruled that he was looking for it.

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48 mins: Grealish takes a tumble inside the Newcastle box and wants a penalty - but referee Simon Hooper waves play on.

That looked the right decision.

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46 mins: Trippier has the chance to deliver an early second-half ball into the box, but City quickly head clear.

Second half

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We are back underway at the Etihad!

No changes from either manager at half-time.

City need a second goal to kill this off.

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Foden is now just one goal shy of his entire tally from last season.

He has a huge role to play in this title battle.

Phil Foden milestone

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Foden’s superb 13th goal of the season has City ahead at the break and on track to cut Arsenal’s title lead back down to two points - if only for a few hours.

A deserved advantage, but the visitors have had two key chances through Longstaff and Wilson.

This is far from over.

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Manchester City 1-0 Newcastle

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45 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of this first half.

Bruno spots the run of Almiron, whose rather scuffed volley beyond the back post misses the target.

But the offside flag was up. He timed his advance a fraction too early to meet that lofted pass.

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44 mins: De Bruyne tussles with Lascelles over near the touchline after a rare Newcastle foray forward breaks down.

Good work from the Belgian to earn a free-kick just inside his own half as the interval draws near.

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42 mins: Some rough treatment has been dished out to Grealish in this first half, including a not-so-subtle shove from rival Almiron and that cynical axe from Trippier.

Grealish takes exception to that from his England team-mate and wants a booking, but referee Simon Hooper keeps his cards in his pocket on this occasion.

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38 mins: City force another corner through Haaland, but Newcastle clear with relative ease.

Wilson will still be thinking about that miskick. What a chance.

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36 mins: Newcastle’s second big chance of this first half goes begging.

Longstaff’s lofted diagonal pass picks out the clever run of Trippier, who gets in behind Ake and plants a firm header into the path of Wilson.

However, it’s a hopeless miskick from the England striker and the opportunity is lost.

Newcastle try to keep the attack alive but Bruno’s threaded pass is picked off as City try to counter.

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35 mins: Chance for City!

A first real sight of goal of the afternoon for Haaland, who nods wide of the back post after a fine switch of play to De Bruyne, who provided a trademark accurate cross.

Botman did just enough to put off the Norwegian there. Guardiola frustrated on the touchline.

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33 mins: City aren’t flush with chances to double their lead at the minute, but Newcastle are proving masters of their own downfall by giving possession away cheaply and repeatedly.

There is no out ball whatsoever.

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32 mins: Ederson flattens one of his own players as he comes a long way to punch a free-kick into the box.

He then can’t gather cleanly after racing out of the six-yard box once again.

The Brazilian obviously eager to get involved here...

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30 mins: Burn uses his height to head clear another City cross to the back post.

Guardiola is then quick to defuse a heated exchange between a frustrated Callum Wilson and Manuel Akanji over on the touchline.

Half an hour gone at the Etihad, with City dominating and looking to extend their advantage before the interval.

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28 mins: Newcastle find themselves in possession midway through the City half, but they quickly lose it and the hosts are right back on the attack in a flash.

Howe will be furious with how poor his side have been on the ball so far this afternoon.

Bruno Guimaraes is now receiving treatment for Newcastle.

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26 mins: Haaland tries to exploit the gap between Lascelles and Botman, but the former does well to outmuscle him and allow a dangerous De Bruyne through ball to run safely through to Pope.

Newcastle are giving the ball away all too easily at the moment and inviting a lot of pressure.

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24 mins: Goalscorer Foden has been an absolute menace for City down that right-hand side so far.

They keep going to him and for good reason - every touch he has taken has been a dream.

He’s certainly in the mood this afternoon, linking up well with Walker.

Haaland quiet so far, but a few nice touches to aid City’s build-up play.

Watch: Foden scores excellent individual goal

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20 mins: Newcastle had reacted well to going behind initially, but now City are turning the screw again - Foden with another superb touch and whip through the legs of Burn.

Burn needs more support dealing with that particular threat or it’s going to be a very long afternoon indeed for the towering defender.

City win the ball high up the pitch with their counter-press, but Gordon does well to track back and earn a goal kick as a crossing De Bruyne is squeezed out.

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17 mins: Newcastle are almost back on level terms immediately - fantastic block from Ake to thwart Longstaff.

GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Newcastle | Phil Foden 15'

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15 mins: Lovely goal from the in-form England midfielder to break the deadlock!

He maintains his width as Rodri plays a raking diagonal pass, before turning on the jets and leaving Burn in his wake.

It’s wonderful feet and balance from Foden, who beats about four players inside the box before his finish deflects off Sven Botman and beyond Pope at the near post.

City ahead after just 15 minutes at the Etihad.

Four goals in three games for Foden now and 13 for the season. A man in fine form.


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12 mins: Lovely play from Foden as City turn up the tempo, with Bruno’s trailing leg bringing down Gundogan after some quick feet from the captain deceived his fellow midfielder.

It’s a dangerous free-kick position on the edge of the box, but De Bruyne can’t hit the target.

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10 mins: Joelinton is down for Newcastle and receiving treatment after hurting himself making a robust challenge on Foden.

But the Brazilian is now back on his feet and will be fine to continue.

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8 mins: The best chance has fallen to City early on, but there is plenty of encouragement for Newcastle in how sloppy Guardiola’s men have been on the ball at times.

Bruno manages to release Gordon, who, under pressure from Walker inside the box, accidentally touches the ball with his right foot, taking it away from his favoured left and leaving him shooting at fresh air.

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6 mins: A round of applause breaks out around the Etihad in the sixth minute in memory of Milly-Rose Stirrup, a young City fan who tragically died last week.

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4 mins: City are looking a little bit shaky at the back early on here, with Nathan Ake passing back to Ederson and the usually ultra-composed Brazilian hacking into touch under pressure from Miguel Almiron.

Newcastle then force a corner through Sean Longstaff and a decent delivery is headed dangerously back across goal by Lascelles towards Joelinton.

City eventually scramble clear in uncertain fashion.

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1 min: City are under a bit of pressure early, but Dan Burn’s long throw is easily cleared and the hosts then break at real speed despite Kieran Trippier’s attempts to keep the attack alive.

Grealish and De Bruyne combine to great effect before the former shapes in a decent cross that a springing Gundogan can only head onto the roof of the net.

That was a real chance for City inside the first 60 seconds of this game. A very early warning for Newcastle.



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Underway at the Etihad!

City hoping to cut Arsenal’s title lead to two points before the leaders face Bournemouth later on.

Let’s hope for a repeat of the six-goal thriller on Tyneside.

Simon Hooper is today’s referee, with Michael Salisbury the VAR.

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Respective captains Gundogan and Lascelles lead out their teams at a buzzing Etihad Stadium.

The Pankhurst theme continues with City’s pre-match jackets and flags on the pitch.

Both sides will be in their familiar home strips this afternoon - sky blue against black and white.

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Another look at that special Emmeline Pankhurst-inspired City training shirt...

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It is worth noting that Newcastle have lost all of their last 13 Premier League trips to the Etihad.

How Arsenal would love them to bust that dire streak this afternoon.

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Eddie Howe describes Fabian Schar’s concussion as “very minor” in his pre-match interview with BT Sport.

You would hope he would be in a position to return against Wolves next weekend, provided he passes all the necessary protocols.

Man City training kit inspired by suffragette Pankhurst

12:09 , George Flood

Manchester City are donning new green, white and purple pre-match training gear this afternoon, inspired by suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

The kit is said to celebrate her “Manchester roots and overriding vision for female equality”.

The women’s team will also wear the shirt in their WSL clash with Tottenham tomorrow.

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Schar missing for Newcastle with concussion

12:00 , George Flood

Fabian Schar is a big loss to that miserly Newcastle defence this afternoon.

The Swiss centre-back has been a near ever-present for the Magpies so far this term, only missing one game in the Premier League.

However, he misses out at the Etihad after concussion symptoms that developed after the loss against Manchester United at Wembley, where he received lengthy treatment and received a nasty cut after a collision in the box.

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Three Newcastle changes as Schar misses out

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Eddie Howe, meanwhile, has made three changes to the Newcastle team that started the Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester United last weekend.

Nick Pope returns in goal after suspension, with Loris Karius out of the squad altogether as the cup-tied Martin Dubravka moves back onto the bench.

There’s no Fabian Schar in a huge blow as Jamaal Lascelles comes into the defence, while January signing Anthony Gordon is controversially preferred to Allan Saint-Maximin in attack for his first Magpies start.

As expected, Bruno Guimaraes is fit to start in midfield after his latest ankle knock sustained at Wembley.

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Two City changes from Bournemouth win

11:40 , George Flood

So Manchester City make two changes from their last Premier League outing at Bournemouth, with Rico Lewis and Julian Alvarez making way for Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne.

John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are both fit enough for the bench, with Stefan Ortega also among the substitutes.

Ederson, Rodri, Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan and Erling Haaland all return to the starting XI after the FA Cup win at Bristol City, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez dropping to the bench.

Looks like a more conventional 4-3-3 from Pep Guardiola this afternoon.

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Newcastle lineup

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Starting XI: Pope, Trippier, Lascelles, Botman, Burn, Longstaff, Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson, Gordon

Subs: Dubravka, Saint-Maximin, Ritchie, Targett, Isak, Manquillo, Murphy, Willock, Anderson

Manchester City lineup

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Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Foden, Grealish, Haaland

Subs: Ortega, Phillips, Stones, Laporte, Alvarez, Bernardo, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis

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All three of City’s previous fitness concerns have been pictured arriving at the Etihad this morning, suggesting each of them will make the matchday squad today.

Defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte and back-up goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

Such a boon for Pep Guardiola to now have essentially an entirely fully-fit squad available to him approaching such a critical juncture of the campaign.

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The pre-match atmosphere is already building nicely around the Etihad on what feels like a big game in the title race.

Official team news around 10 minutes away now...

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Howe fires Man City warning shot after Wembley agony

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In what will be music to Arsenal fans’ ears, Eddie Howe also fired something of a warning shot to City in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

He insisted that motivation and passion to succeed at the club is at an all-time high after their Wembley heartbreak in the Carabao Cup final.

“We were bruised on Sunday and Monday, but very quickly for me I think on Monday afternoon it turned to Manchester City,” he said.

“I didn’t think the passion and the motivation within me could increase but I think it has. We experienced a great occasion to see the Newcastle supporters, the colours, the visions and memories that we’ll take from that.

“The passion they showed, the love they showed to the team in all moments, will stay with me and I think we want to return that and give them future successes, and that burns deeply inside of me.”


Howe addresses new Newcastle ownership controversy

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There have been more questions about Newcastle’s ownership in recent days, with renewed focus on the relationship between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and the Saudi state.

Amnesty International have implored the Premier League to re-examine the takeover deal.

Speaking again on the topic on Friday, Eddie Howe once more voiced his desire to stay out of the political side of things and focus only on football.

"I've had very open communication from the day that I joined with various people connected to the board. But my conversations with them are all football-related, at no stage has it ever gone political,” he said.

"That's not my area, I don't want it to be my area, I want to concentrate on how I can improve the team, what tools do I need to do that and the relationships with those people around me at the football club are very important.

"Now obviously if I felt there was a time I needed to ask a question, I could. But I haven't done that."

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Guardiola refuses to engage in Haaland to Real Madrid talk

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However, Pep Guardiola would not be drawn on concerning recent comments from Erling Haaland’s agent Rafaela Pimenta that Real Madrid was a “dream” destination for players.

Many have taken that to mean that the Norwegian goal machine - who already has 33 to his name across all competitions so far this season, 27 in the Premier League - will be angling for a big-money switch to the Bernabeu sooner rather than later.

However, Guardiola would not be drawn into a public war of words with Haaland’s representatives.

“I don’t answer to agents,” he said simply on Friday. “No comment.”

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Kompany as Man City boss ‘written in the stars'

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Many of the headlines made by Pep Guardiola at his typically entertaining pre-match press conference on Friday did not actually concern today’s game or the title race in general.

Rather, the Spaniard backed club legend Vincent Kompany to one day manage at the Etihad after City were drawn against his runaway Championship leaders Burnley in the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek.

"He will be back sooner or later,” Guardiola said of his former long-serving captain.

”I think his destiny to be the manager of Manchester City is already written in the stars. It's going to happen, I don't know when but it is going to happen.

"It is my feeling, maybe I am wrong, but he has the attributes - work ethic, knowledge of the game, well respected, experienced.

"Doing what he has done is so difficult and he is doing really well. He knows the club, the environment, the fans, what our people need. The destiny is there."

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Guardiola: Newcastle ‘toughest' opponents we have left

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High-flying Newcastle are actually on a four-match winless run across all competitions and have not won a Premier League game since defeating Fulham 1-0 at St James’ Park on January 15.

They currently sit fifth and four points behind Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification, though now have two games in hand after their run to the Carabao Cup final.

And despite a poor recent run of form and that Wembley heartache, Pep Guardiola is expecting a fierce battle at the Etihad today following a pulsating 3-3 draw on Tyneside back in August.

"From what happened last season and this season, they are making a step forward," said Guardiola. "It looks like they came to stay here.

"From what I have seen lately, they're one of the toughest opponents we have until the end of season for the quality.

"They can do everything - the experience, the threats, the transitions, the set-pieces, the best in the league, many things. That's why they have been there for a long time this season."

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Man City vs Newcastle prediction

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Arsenal’s impressive resurgence after a three-game mini-blip early last month that included that 3-1 home defeat by City means that Guardiola’s men can ill-afford any more mistakes in an engrossing title battle.

The defending champions have been back on the goal trail in the last two games, hitting seven - with Erling Haaland now on an incredible 33 for the season across all competitions - after failing to fire against both Nottingham Forest and RB Leipzig.

The league’s top scorers have the best home record in the division with 10 wins from 12 games, scoring 41 times in the process.

I expect them to win again comfortably here, though it’s a difficult test on paper and I doubt they will thrash a Newcastle side admittedly now struggling a bit for form but one who have conceded only seven goals on the road all season.

Manchester City to win, 2-0.

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Newcastle team news

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Newcastle will have England’s Nick Pope back in goal today after he missed the Carabao Cup final following his red card received in the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at St James’ Park.

Deputy Martin Dubravka being cup-tied and Karl Darlow out on loan meant that former Liverpool ‘keeper Loris Karius made his first appearance in more than two years at Wembley.

Crucially for the Magpies, influential Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes is fit to start after rolling his ankle again in the defeat by Manchester United.

“Bruno is fine,” manager Eddie Howe said yesterday. “He was in a bit of short-term pain, but nothing that’s impacted his training week.”

Emil Krafth is a long-term absentee, while Ryan Fraser has been banished to train with the Under-21s.


Man City team news

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Manchester City have almost a completely fully-fit squad to choose from as the title run-in approaches.

Centre-backs John Stones and Aymeric Laporte both returned to training this week after suffering from a hamstring injury and illness respectively.

Meanwhile, Ederson’s goalkeeping understudy Stefan Ortega has also been training fine despite a hand injury that forced him off in the 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Bristol City in midweek.

Kevin De Bruyne was fit to play the full 90 minutes at Ashton Gate after his own bout of illness, meanwhile.

Predicted Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden.

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Where to watch Man City vs Newcastle

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TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.

Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the game live online via the BT Sport app and website.

Welcome to Man City vs Newcastle LIVE coverage!

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Manchester City vs Newcastle in the Premier League.

The stakes are high at the Etihad Stadium this lunchtime, with Pep Guardiola’s defending champions fully aware that they have to pile more pressure back on Arsenal in the title race and can afford no slip-ups if they want to avoid that five-point gap at the summit from widening further still, with the leaders hosting relegation-threatened Bournemouth later today.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are smarting from their Carabao Cup defeat by Manchester United in their first Wembley trip for 24 years and are desperate to recover some form in their bid for Champions League qualification, having not won in the top-flight since January 15.

Kick-off is at 12:30pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest build-up, team news, thoughts from both managers and minute-by-minute updates from the game itself.

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