Janusz Michallik breaks down Man City's win over Palace and feels Vincent Kompany drastically improves the side.
The Citizens were absolutely breathtaking on Saturday and might have produced an even more incredible scoreline than 5-0 had more chances been taken.
City produced an impressive all-round team performance but De Bruyne singled out David Silva for special praise. "We have missed that a lot this season". The Spaniard latched onto a poor clearance from Palace and volleyed home first time.
The Eagles should still have enough to finish clear of the relegation battle between Swansea and Hull, but the former England boss was concerned about the ease with which they were dispatched.
Sterling added another eight minutes from time with a well-taken left-foot strike from a De Bruyne nod-down, and Otamendi completed the scoring with an injury-time header from the Belgium playmaker's free-kick.
"I remember the game against Everton where we lost 4-0 and they only had four attempts at goal". "The big, big clubs", Guardiola said, "when they are close to their opponents' box, the top players don't lose the ball".
"It could have been achieved against Tottenham but wasn't, gifted the points in the end to Burnley by not staying in the game at 1-0 and then today..."
"It's not come off this season but there's no doubt in my mind that, with the right amount of time and a season where things go a bit more our way, he's capable of delivering extremely good things".
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"It depends if you talk about emotions".
The Belgian has struggled with injuries of late but when fit, he is one of the best there is as proved against Crystal Palace over the weekend. We deserved to get punished like we did.
"There's no greater pleasure than to have possession of the ball and to be able to control a game which we do really well, so I have seen progress".
While City are only third in the league table, Guardiola is adamant they are the top team when it comes to their creative play - it is just their finishing that lets them down.
"Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and next season we shall see five English teams in Europe which would be wonderful".
"You can not forget that weeks ago Crystal Palace were able to win at Stamford Bridge and Anfield and they destroy Arsenal", Guardiola told a news conference.
Speaking about the team, Guardiola expects a good response from Mourinho. They made it very hard for us, they played very deep and we didn't create enough chances.