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Rafa Benitez’s side are just two points above third-bottom Cardiff City, but the City boss believes Tuesday night’s game will be a tricky one for his free-scoring side.
“I think no team is safe going to Newcastle,” said Pep
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“We will go there first and then it’s time to think about Arsenal. Next game is the important one.
“I cannot give them a day off as there are so many games. But I tell them it’s a privilege to be able to play so many times.
“When you are in your mid-thirties you can take long holidays, but right now, I tell them to go out, enjoy it and win the game.
“Then, do the same in the next game – go out, enjoy it and win and keep doing it.”
City’s emphatic 5-0 win over Burnley means the Blues are fighting for silverware on four fronts, but the Catalan says he doesn’t want to jinx his team’s chances of winning any or all of the trophies being competed for.
“Every time I comment on the chances of winning a cup, we lose the competition!” smiled Pep.
“The important thing is its end of January we are still there. Who are the best clubs in last 10 years? Juventus, Bayern and Barcelona, because every year they win the cups and every year they are the best.
“The best teams have to imitate those three teams.”
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Gabriel Jesus gives his reaction after Manchester City's FA Cup fourth round victory over Burnley