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seven goals 'We made mistakes because we are champions' - Pep Guardiola verdict on Newcastle thriller


Ferran Torres netted a hat-trick at Newcastle (Scott Heppell/PA)

Ferran Torres netted a hat-trick at Newcastle (Scott Heppell/PA)

Ferran Torres netted a hat-trick at Newcastle (Scott Heppell/PA)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claimed the mistakes served up by his newly crowned Premier League champions were due to their celebrations after their title success was confirmed.

Ferran Torres plundered a hat-trick as Premier League champions Manchester City came from behind twice to edge a seven-goal thriller at Newcastle.

A much-changed City side with a Champions League final to come trailed 1-0 to Emil Krafth’s header and 3-2 from Joe Willock’s rebound following a missed penalty, with Joao Cancelo, Joelinton – from the spot – and Torres scoring in between at St James’ Park.

However, the Spain international levelled after 64 minutes and then won it two minutes later as a rip-roaring encounter finished 4-3 to the visitors.

Pep Guardiola’s men sit 13 points clear at the top of the table as a result, but Newcastle, who secured their top-flight status last weekend – helping head coach Steve Bruce claim the Manager of the Month award for April in the process – made life distinctly uncomfortable for them at times.

“We made mistakes because we are champions, because the players were distracted a little bit in the last days, this is normal. We knew it but the spirit from the first minute until the end was absolutely there.

“I’m really pleased and hopefully we can learn from our distractions. I knew it could happen but at the end we won and now the team are going to celebrate and we’re going to prepare to face Brighton.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll be more focused to prepare for the final of the Champions League.

“It will be a good lesson, especially for Brighton and Everton and the final. We have to try to avoid it, but I can understand it completely because there has been a lot of tension during the last month with the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final and the league to try to finish.

“People say before, ‘It’s done, it’s done, it’s done’, but it’s just done when it’s really done. But the way and the spirit from the first minute, how they ran for 90 minutes, how they fought for every single ball, how many good things, good goals and a good victory.

“Now we are 13 points clear of United, so they are incredible numbers.”

On Torres, Guardiola added: “Of course this evening was so important but not just this evening, it’s his first season in England and his numbers are exceptional, in terms of goals they’re exceptional.”

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Torres told Sky Sports: “It’s been an incredible week. We qualified for the Champions League final then we won the Premier League and obviously today I scored the hat-trick so I’m very, very happy.

“I try to improve day-by-day and also try to learn from my team-mates, from the manager. I scored a hat-trick with the Spanish national team against Germany. I try to keep ready, keep improving and get ready for the Champions League final.”

As for his first goal, a wonderful flick on from a free-kick, Torres added: “It was a set-piece I always try to go to the first post and I flicked the ball, I think it was a very beautiful goal.”

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