​Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that his side cannot afford to lose one more game this season if they are to have any hope of retaining the Premier League title.

The Citizens have already lost three matches this season - they only lost four across the entirety of the previous campaign - and that has seen them fall to third in the table, nine points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.

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Speaking ahead of his side's meeting with ​Newcastle United on Saturday (via ​Sky Sports News), Guardiola confessed that his only focus is on not losing any more games as he looks to work his way back up the table.

"I am not thinking about how many games we have to win. I know we cannot lose games," Guardiola said. "I am not thinking about winning the ​Premier League now. I never thought, even in the years we won, 'we have to do this to win the Premier League'. First we have to get past ​Leicester, then ​Liverpool.


"The target when you play this competition every three days, games in different competitions, is [about] the next one. Choose the best player for this specific game and try to win."

For ​City, they do not have the strongest recent record at St James' Park. Newcastle picked up a 2-1 win over Guardiola's side there last season, but the Citizens did bounce back and embark on the 14-game winning streak which steered them to the league title.

"It's forgotten. We played slow, didn't attack. We forgot to attack," Guardiola said of the match last season.

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"We've learned from that and spoke about it. We had a bad afternoon. It wasn't the way we are. We have to be ourselves. Saying the truth is not to be angry. Newcastle made a good defensive performance, had two shots on target and we didn't play like we could.

"We tried to be who we are from the next game. At that moment I didn't think we'd win the Premier League and 14 games in a row."

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