Man City ease past Palace, keep title hopes on track

It's a massive European night for Porto Liverpool Tottenham and Manchester City.                     Image PA

It's a massive European night for Porto Liverpool Tottenham and Manchester City. Image PA

Sunday's win at Crystal Palace - beyond a nine-minute spell after Luka Milivojevic's clever free kick to make it 2-1 - was not a contest.

It was, for those who care about the league's health, little fun to watch, and the frequency with which games of this ilk are coming about is a concern.

With the win City momentarily moved back to the top of the table on 83 points, and the reigning PL champs know they will win the title if they win all of their remaining five games.

"I am so pleased after the amount of games we have had".

Guardiola attracted criticism for what was seen as a conservative team selection against Spurs in midweek, leaving both Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench until the final minute, while peripheral figures Fabian Delph and Riyad Mahrez started. "They want to win the Premier League more than the Champions League". There was a risk that City might suffer in midfield given that Fernandinho missed out with a minor injury, but De Bruyne covered every blade of grass.

It was a fine away display from City, who thoroughly deserved the three points.

"He has that ability and vision to see passes that the rest of human beings are not able to see". If they keep on winning, it does not matter what happens elsewhere and right now City are finding it hard not to keep on winning.

Raheem Sterling scored twice at Selhurst Park - the first a neat finish following a sublime weighted pass from De Bruyne - as City supplanted Liverpool at the league summit, and the 27 year-old's performance was reminiscent of his electrifying form during City's title-winning campaign last term.

No team is unbeatable, <
blockquote>No team poses a threat you couldn't possibly deal with but everyone understands what a good side they are and their attacking talents.
It's a big task but we'll do our best.

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