Pep Guardiola credits Palace’s ‘incredible’ effort as his title chasers are turned down

Pep Guardiola feels his Manchester side did “absolutely everything” in their bid to beat Crystal Palace as their goalless draw at Selhurst Park opened up the Premier League title race.

ith Liverpool were winning against Brighton on Saturday, City were unable to restore their six-point lead as spirited Palace’s performance saw them earn a well-deserved share of the spoils.

The result leaves City with four points in the group stage but the defending champions have played one more game than Liverpool – who face Arsenal on Wednesday night – with Jurgen Klopp’s side still due to arrive at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. next month.

Joao Cancelo and Kevin De Bruyne hit the post as City struggled to find their way past Palace for the second time this season but Guardiola praised his side’s overall performance.

“They did absolutely everything to win the game,” he said. “We played a really good game, a really good game at a difficult stadium and (against) a difficult team to defend.

“Football is the only game (where) it goes where the stats don’t count, if you don’t score you don’t win.

Luck doesn’t exist in football. We had to score and we didn’t. We played to score goals and concede little. We struggled a bitPep Guardiola

“Luck does not exist in football. We had to score and we didn’t. We played to score goals and concede little. We struggled a bit.

“It was an incredible effort from Crystal Palace, a great team, really good defenders.”

With Liverpool set to face Man City on April 10, the title race could once again go downhill but Guardiola believes there could be plenty of other twists and turns to come.

“There are still nine games to go, lots of points,” he added, admitting he will be watching Liverpool’s game against Arsenal.

“There are still many, many games and the way we play is generally better, but we didn’t win and we dropped two points.

“We have points and one more game, (at) the international break, we will be the lead – but who knows?


Guardiola (left) watches Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and his teammates keep Man City flying (Adam Davy/PA)

“We played a great game in all departments. We created a lot of chances to win and it was a pity not to score.”

Palace created some chances for themselves but were unable to claim the famous double against the defending champions who won 2-0 in the reverse fixture.

Keeping two clean sheets against a team that has scored 68 goals in their other 27 games this campaign is not a bad feat and Eagles coach Patrick Vieira knows that a draw can speak for points. arrival of the title.

“It feels really good,” he said. “When you look at both games we played against them, we defended well as a team and I think our team’s performance was fantastic.


Patrick Vieira praises his team’s efforts (PA)

“When you play against those teams, sometimes you need to have a little bit of luck and we force that luck in our favor.

“I think there’s still a lot of games in the group, obviously we’ve made the neutrals more interesting.”

Another stunning performance from Conor Gallagher demonstrated Palace’s efforts, as the England international said after the game he “couldn’t feel his feet” – something that impressed his boss .

Vieira added: “I can’t stop him and I don’t want to stop him. “It’s the energy that drives the fans behind us.

“The last 10 minutes were difficult but the fans made it easy for us. Conor, that’s his strength and that’s why we love him.” Pep Guardiola credits Palace’s ‘incredible’ effort as his title chasers are turned down

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