Guardiola after a loss to City, praised ‘defensively great’ Crystal Palace

Manchester City’s coach Josep Guardiola takes his players something to blame is after the surprising thuisnederlaag against Crystal Palace (2-3). The Spaniard is of the opinion that the ‘Citizens’ mainly bad luck they have had.

“Crystal Palace has three chances and three times scored,” concluded Guardiola after the match at the Etihad Stadium, told the BBC. “That is also football. I can Palace only, but a great compliment, because they were in a defensive sense, great.”

City was, as expected, the most threatening team, and came after 27 minutes the lead through Ilkay Gundogan, but was not long to enjoy it. In the 33rd minute lap Jeffrey Schlupp in the second half and within two minutes later it was goalkeeper Ederson stand a chance when a wonderful volley from distance by Andros Townsend.

“Crystal Palace came in the first 35 minutes, twice on the half way line and both times they scored”, regretted Guardiola, who is able to enjoy the wereldgoal of Townsend. “That second goal was fantastic. It made it difficult for us, but we played good and created plenty of chances.”

Guardiola frustrated by clumsy action Walker

A few minutes after peace was still a bit worse for City, naday Kyle Walker, much to the frustration of Guardiola, an unwieldy offence committed in the penalty area. Luka Milivojevic shot the ensuing penalty tap.

“We should just be no penalty tegenkrijgen in this way. That is something that we have in the sequel is really better to do,” said Guardiola, who, despite the costly loss of points – leader Liverpool has four points more – does not want to despair.

“It is only december and we still have a fantastic team. There are still a lot of races to play. Hopefully we can us, mentally and physically quickly recover.”

Manchester City is suing the league on boxing Day with an away game against Leicester City and closed the year on 30 december against Southampton (from).

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