Guardiola stresses importance of City wins

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Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City are in the market for a new centre-back this summer.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists the reigning Premier League champions can only retain their title if they "win games, win games, win games".

Guardiola’s men made the trip to St James’ Park for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off looking to reduce the gap to leaders Liverpool to six points.

However, City had to settle for a share of the spoils as they were twice pegged back by a spirited Newcastle United.

England international Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the visitors on the 22nd minute before Jetro Willems levelled the score just three minutes later, firing home from inside the box in a move that provided Miguel Almiron with his first assist since joining the Magpies in January.

A thunderbolt from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd minute looked to have handed the Citizens all three points before Jonjo Shelvey, not wanting to be outshone on the big stage, curled in a superb effort six minutes later to sent the home crowd into raptures.

The 2-2 draw left Guardiola’s men eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool before they kicked off at home to Brighton at 3pm.

That deficit then grew to 11 points after the Reds overcame the Seagulls 2-1 to extend their unbeaten league run this season to 14 matches.

Speaking about what City need to do to improve, the Guardiola said: “We now have to try to win games, win games and see what happens. I said yesterday at the press conference that it’s not a good idea to think about the Premier League, or think how many points.

“We have to win games, win games, win games, and when you don’t win it will be more difficult.”

Guardiola takes his City side to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening for a clash against Burnley, who are aiming to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Following that contest in Lancashire, the Citizens return to the Etihad Stadium to take on rivals Manchester United four days later in a crunch game.