- Man City suffered a second league game this season as Crystal Palace come from behind to claim maximum points
- City's lead lasted five minutes as Jeffrey Schlupp netted from Palace's first shot on target
- Kevin De Bruyne offered City hope after his goal but no other goal arrived until the blast of the whistle
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he will not blame his players after they suffered their first home defeat in the hands of Crystal Palace on Saturday, December 22, in one of the surprise result in the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Ilkay Gundogan handed the defending champions the lead at the Etihad but Palace scored twice through Jeffrey Schlupp and Andros Townsend’s world class volley to go into the break on a 2-1 lead.
In the second stanza, Manchester City were further pegged behind after Luka Milivojevic converted a spot kick, to see in a tough battle to get back to level terms.
Belgium playmaker Kevin de Bruyne handed the Citizens hop of a possible comeback after netting a cross but the Eagles kept it tight on the night to claim a precious three points.
The performance sees City four-point adrift of league leaders Liverpool.
But Guardiola believes the title chase is not over despite the defeat.
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“We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.
“The third goal…we cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this. Three shots on goal and three goals.
“It’s complicated but we fight until the last second. We are in December and we will try and recover and try and win games again,” the Spanarid noted, even as he was quick to add.
“The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.
‘There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality,” Guardiola summed up.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Manchester City suffer a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday, December 22, at the Etihad leaving the Citizens four points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool at Christmas.
Going into the game, the Pep Gaurdiola side had not dropped a single point in their previous nine home fixtures this campaign, but Palace sent all the records crashing after 90 minutes .
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