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City headlines as Guardiola reveals how Blues can 'best' prepare for Real

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Here are the Manchester City morning headlines on Monday, June 29.

City over penalty woes - Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his players have overcome their penalty woes, after Kevin De Bruyne’s successful conversion against Newcastle United.

The Belgian made no mistake as he gave City the lead in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over the Geordies on Sunday.

Missed penalties have been an issue for City this season, with Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, and Ilkay Gundogan all having failed from 12 yards.

However, their record has improved, with De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez combining to make it four conversions in a row, which pleases Guardiola.

"Hopefully he can maintain this level because we have struggled a lot this season," said the City boss.

"We have missed five or six penalties I think - too much - with different takers. We have struggled a lot and I remember many games where we dropped points and now Kevin takes the responsibility.

“He has scored three or four goals and it is important for us to have his confident personality to continue to score goals."

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Guardiola has admitted that his attention has now turned to Real Madrid with Liverpool having wrapped up the Premier League title.

After beating Newcastle, City are two games away from successfully defending the FA Cup, but Guardiola says the Champions League last-16 second leg with the Spanish giants is at the forefront of his mind.

City lead Real 2-1 from the first leg with the return game to be played at the Etihad Stadium on August 7.

"Now, (we have) a semi-final, and we'll be good, it will be good to arrive at Madrid in the best physical conditions to play these kind of games," he said.

"A semi-final against Arsenal if we are lucky and play a good game to achieve the final will be the best preparation to win the trophy and to prepare against Madrid."

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Why De Bruyne played deeper in Newcastle win

De Bruyne has revealed Guardiola asked him to take up a deeper role in the Newcastle win due to the Magpies’ five-man defence.

The Belgian, who turned 29 on Sunday, impressed once again and added another goal to his tally for the season.

"In my career I have played lots of positions and the gaffer asked me to try something new because Newcastle play with a back five. I just work for the team," De Bruyne told Match of the Day.

De Bruyne, who has scored on each of his three starts since football restarted, also admitted that playing matches behind closed doors is ‘weird’.

"We know it is really weird [playing behind closed doors] and it is not something I enjoy, but we are professionals and we need to keep going," he added.

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