Pep Guardiola has big Newcastle United fear and Eddie Howe’s “fight to finish” transfer window vow

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will keep people’s feet in the ground for Man City trip but Guardiola is clearly concerned.

Pep Guardiola made a post-game admission after his side’s 3-0 win at Burnley and was then left with plenty of food for thought as he settled down to watch Newcastle United demolish Aston Villa.

Whether a fixture that Newcastle fans once feared will come at the wrong time for Guardiola’s treble winners remains to be seen. Eddie Howe and his players haven’t exactly got delusions of grandeur after smashing Villa 5-1, but they have no reason not go to the Etihad Stadium feeling anything but confident.

Guardiola was far from happy on Friday night and said at Turf Moor: “We are still away from our best form but we have to try and we have to try to not drop points in this period with this amount of games.”

If Newcastle are at it, this is hardly a good time for City to be going in against Howe’s team. For once, there is less tension in the build-up to visiting the champions.

The former Barcelona boss is not putting on his concerns over City’s form for the cameras either. The Newcastle game will be City’s fourth competitive game in a short space of time after the Community Shield defeat, Turf Moor and the European Super Cup final in Greece against Seville. The last thing City will need is a fully rested up and rampant Newcastle team on Saturday night for next weekend’s late one.

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Guardiola had also said last week: “We have to recover well and prepare well [for] the game against Burnley and then travel to Athens to play at 10pm, finish at 2, then come back on Friday and after – thank you! – play on Saturday against Newcastle at home. This is my plan – not winning or losing.”

Typically, Howe was eager to keep people’s feet on the ground in his post-game Press conference. But said on City: “There’s a long season ahead and we know we come back to earth quickly because we have Manchester City away next week and that’s going to be a huge challenge, so my mind is already turning to that.”

The scary thing about Newcastle’s performance against Aston Villa

Newcastle ran out 5-1 winners over Unai Emery’s Aston Villa but are not even running hot yet. They missed good chances within their victory against the second city and in the first half they could have been better defensively.

That’s not being picky, it is simply underlining the fact that this team can and will get better as the season goes on. The fixture list could hardly have been tougher with Emery’s very decent Villa first up and then Man City and Liverpool.

United have set their own standards in a way but they must now look to eke something out of those two fixtures before clashes after the international break away to Brighton, home to Brentford and then away days at newly promoted Sheffield United and Burnley.

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Competition for places might get even better

Eddie Howe has declared himself pleased with the additions of Sandro Tonali, Tino Livramento and Harvey Barnes. Both Tonali and Barnes could hardly have offered more on their home bows.

But Howe made it clear Newcastle aren’t finished business yet and underlined the need for one more incoming deal after the 5-1 win last night. He said: “We’re hoping for one more [signing], no guarantee, but we will fight to the end to strengthen.”

LIVE Q&A with Former NUFC owner Sir John Hall

The award-winning Newcastle United show – The Everything is Black and White Podcast will be once again coming to you live!

On Wednesday, August 30th, our panel will be at the Tyneside Irish Centre to talk all things Newcastle United alongside the club’s former owner Sir John Hall.

We’re also excited to welcome The Times’ Henry Winter to the panel alongside BBC Radio Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck, and our usual panel of Lee Ryder, Ciaran Kelly and Aaron Stokes.undefined

It’s the perfect time to chat about United with the Champions League draw taking place a day later and the transfer window closing on the 1st of September.

The Premier League season will be well under way too – so hopefully we’re talking about an unbeaten start to the campaign!

You can buy your tickets via Eventbrite by clicking here. A donation will be made to The NUFC Fans’ Foodbank and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.