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Pep Guardiola admits his Manchester City players will not forget Wednesday's defeat to Real Madrid, but does not believe it will be an obstacle to their Premier League title.

Manchester City beat Guardiola 3-1 in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Saturday to give Real Madrid a two-goal lead and two more goals in the Champions League.

Liverpool are four points adrift of the other domestic leagues, but have dominated Guardiola's pre-match press conference in Madrid ahead of Newcastle United.

The manager thought it would be the same in the minds of the players, but it did not apply to him.

"They do not have to forget," he said. "How can we forget that?" We will definitely play against Newcastle.

"Training grounds, meeting rooms, hot blood, they are committed to it. I have no doubt about it."

Guardiola has not spoken to Manchester City since returning from Madrid, but insists he has time to recover before facing Newcastle.

Asked what he said to the players, the Catalan coach said: "I'm not saying anything, we can not help the feelings we all feel, it is a question of time.

"Tomorrow is the first day we will be together and we will talk about who we are, what we have done in this Champions League semi-final and how good we have been.

"Probably the proudest time at the club since I was manager."

For most of Guardiola's midweek events, the explanation is simple and straightforward. "This is a ball," he repeated several times.

He clung to Rodrygo Goes' last two ideas and revealed a mental flaw in his Manchester City team.

"There is no time for" mentality, "said Guardiola." It takes 45 seconds. "

"Now people say there are no characters. Is there no character? What if Jack Grealish scores two goals?

Ederson from [Angel] Correa asked, "Where's the character at Atletico? This is the character, but if he scores, it's not the character.

"Isn't it a habit when [Thibaut] Courtois rescues him with one foot and reaches a corner?"

Manchester City will have to prove their mettle against a struggling Newcastle side in Europe, where Kyle Walker has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

However, Guardiola has insisted that the transfer of Kevin de Bruyne at Madrid is a tactical one. "He is OK," added the City manager.

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