Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he hopes his side can pick up a record number of Premier League points this season after Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick saw off Newcastle United.
City, who won the title in 2012 and 2014, are 12 points clear at the top of the table with 65 points from 24 matches. Second-placed Manchester United are on 53 points.
“We need 10 more wins to be champions, and we’ll try for more points,” said Guardiola.
“It was an outstanding performance, often against 11 players behind the ball [but] we were patient, and we found the space really well. They crossed the halfway just once and scored, but we’re so happy.”
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It was a return to winning ways for Guardiola’s side after they suffered their first league defeat of the season when they lost 4-3 at Liverpool on Sunday.
“We reacted really well after dropping points before,” added the Spaniard.
“It’s not how many goals you score, it’s how many chances you create, it’s how many chances your keeper has to save. It was important how we reacted at 2-1 – we didn’t panic.”
City travel to Bristol City for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday night looking to protect a 2-1 lead, before a trip to Cardiff City in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, January 28.
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