Pep Guardiola reveals his approach as Man City close in on record against Newcastle

Pep Guardiola is not motivated by the prospect of beating his own individual record for consecutive league victories.

Tuesday, 26th December 2017, 10:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th December 2017, 10:20 am
Pep Guardiola

Guardiola's Manchester City take on Newcastle United tomorrow night looking to win their 18th Premier League game in a row.

The 17 they have won in succession to date is already a record for all English League football, and also eclipses the 16 Guardiola achieved while in charge of Barcelona.

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The next target for him might be to better the 19 he recorded as Bayern Munich manager, but he claims he does not want personal glory.

The City boss said: "Since August, we've won a lot of games, and that's why we're happy. Our lives are better when we win. It's simple like that.

"I'm not going to sleep thinking about if I'm going to break a record of my Bayern Munich time. Nothing special.

"Focus on Newcastle. That's the best thing."

City continued their winning run with a convincing 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

It later emerged that Kevin De Bruyne – who was substituted after 74 minutes – had been suffering from illness in the days before the game.

Guardiola said: "He was sick. In the last two or three days, he was vomiting. He had fever and he lost two or three kilos, so the doctor told me.

"We decided 'start, but when you are tired, we're going to change you'. That's what happened, but he helped us playing 60-65 minutes."

The Bournemouth victory also saw the return of captain Vincent Kompany after a three-game absence with a muscular injury.

"Every time he comes back we're happy, and praying he's going to stay (fit),"Guardiola added.