Pep Guardiola has said that Newcastle were not interested in playing, in City’s 1-0 win over the magpies.
Manchester City extended their winning streak to 18 games, courtesy of a Sterling strike.
Newcastle sat behind the ball for most of the proceedings and had just 22% of the possession and Guardiola hoped they could have scored more.
“We did absolutely everything, but it is difficult to play when the other team doesn’t want to play,” he told BBC Sport.
“In the last minutes, we played in their rhythm, and then it was not easy because it is not over at 1-0. We created enough chances to win 2-0, 3-0, 4-0.
“Always you have to expect this kind of situation and it is not always easy to maintain that level. But we have more points and we are now 15 in front and we can now focus on our next game.
“Any manager can decide what he wants. I prefer to try to play but I respect a lot what opponents do and we have to try to discover how to attack against them.”