Bernardo Silva says the number of games City have played and the hectic schedule ahead is not an issue to the players.
The Blues’ game against Burnley at the weekend was the 38th of the campaign – the equivalent to a full Premier League season with January’s schedule not even completed.
Tonight’s game with Newcastle United is the ninth game this month, but Bernardo says it is a positive and the squad are enjoying the challenge.
“We like it because it means we are in all the competitions still and we have the squad to do this,” said Bernardo, who bagged his eighth of the season against the Clarets.
“We will go to Newcastle and try and get another win and keep the momentum going and challenge Liverpool.
“As for us starting 24 hours before Liverpool play, I honestly don’t know if it’s better to play first or second – we’re just focusing on our job and trying to win the next game we play.
“If they lose or draw it’s obviously better for us but we have to focus on our job and win games because if we don’t, it doesn’t mean anything.
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“It will be tough at Newcastle. It’s always a difficult place to go, but we are going there to play our game and try and bring three points home.
“They are a good team with a very good manager, and we played at St James’ Park last season and only won narrowly.
“It’s always complicated to play there and there is always a good atmosphere, but as I say, we are going there to win.”
Bernardo won the fans’ Etihad Player of the Month for December and has become a huge crowd favourite over the past 18 months since joining from Monaco.
“I can feel our fans like me and it’s nice and it helps me – not only me but the whole team,” said Bernardo.
“We have to thank them – they are always amazing and follow us in numbers home and away and we really appreciate their backing.”