Man City ‘cannot be brilliant all the time’, says Guardiola – The Star, Kenya

Manchester City delivered a sub-par performance against Newcastle United on Sunday, despite the 4-0 scoreline, and while manager Pep Guardiola wants more from his side he knows they “cannot be brilliant all the time”.

“Good result, exceptional result and a very not good performance at all, especially in the first half. You cannot be brilliant all the time,” Guardiola said.

“In saying that, we more than deserved the victory now. We know that we can do better and better. In the end what we missed is the simple things, not the complicated things.”

In beating Newcastle, City set the English record for most top-flight wins in a calendar year, surpassing Liverpool’s 1982 side with their 34th victory.

“You can win the titles, but when you break a record from a long, long time ago in the calendar year, the most victories, we are consistent. We win games, win games and win games,” said Guardiola.

“But one day it will be breakable. We had 100 points, maybe one day a team will do more points. But they will have to do well, really well, because this is not easy to do it and happy for the guys at the club.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have been knocked out of the Europa Conference League after Uefa said on Monday the English club must forfeit their final group game against Rennes following the cancellation of the match due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the London side.

Uefa said the match would go down as a 3-0 defeat for Spurs, which means they finish third in the group.

Spurs were vying with Vitesse Arnhem to finish second in Group G and secure a spot in the playoff round but remained third on seven points after the forfeiture, while Rennes advanced as group winners with 14 points.

The match was called off a day before the fixture after Spurs manager Antonio Conte said eight players and five members of staff had tested positive for Covid-19.

Rennes later criticised that decision, saying it was taken unilaterally by Spurs and that they reserved the right to appeal to Uefa.

Uefa had said earlier the game would not be played as it was unable to find a viable solution to reschedule Thursday’s match in London.

Spurs had three games called off in all competitions due to the outbreak and only played their first match since December 5 on Sunday when they drew 2-2 with Liverpool in the Premier League. Vitesse will play Rapid Vienna in the knockout round.

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