It was a move more likely to have been made by Jose Mourinho, not Guardiola, but after those painful defeats against Liverpool and United - and the manner by which they occurred - the City manager chose to deploy the handbrake and it was the right move at the right time.
Just three minutes later, the France goalkeeper conceded a penalty, with a studs-up sliding challenge on Sterling, although replays suggested it occurred outside of the box. What's happened in the last week is so unfair.
"We know we are not there yet", KDB added.
Lloris palmed Jesus's shot to Sterling and the winger drilled into the roof of the net to leave City fans singing "we're going to win the league".
Later, Mohamed Salah became just the third Liverpool player in history to score 40 goals in a single season by netting once more in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
A week ago, after losing 3-2 in the derby having relinquished a two-goal lead, there was doom-and-gloom around the Etihad Stadium and that misery was compounded three days later by City's Champions League quarterfinal exit against Liverpool.
It truly was a heartbreaking result for Manchester City, though the cardiovascular damage was hardly irreparable.
Following Southampton's earlier defeat Palace were 3-2 winners over Brighton, with all five goals inside the first half.
"That's the way we wanted to play but the first 25 minutes is not the way we try to play or the way we prepared in the week".
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Raheem Sterling scored his 22goal of the season for Manchester City, which is now at least twice as many as he's registered in any of his previous seasons in all competitions (11 in 2014/15 and 2015/16).
While it was a clear foul, the contact appeared to be made just outside the area, yet, to Tottenham's fury, Jonathan Moss awarded a penalty that Gundogan slotted home easily.
"We have to congratulate Manchester City because they are very close to winning the title".
Chelsea kept their faint hopes of Champions League football next season alive by closing to within seven points of Spurs with a stunning eight-minute fightback to deepen Southampton's predicament in the bottom three.
First, Giroud expertly met a cross from Marcos Alonso, who was lucky to be on the pitch after stamping on Shane Long.
He headed home a Marcos Alonso cross before Eden Hazard equalised from close range.
Huddersfield rose to 14th thanks to an injury-time goal by Tom Ince while Jordan Ayew returned from a three-match ban to earn Swansea a draw against Everton.
The victory kept the Reds in third, 10 points ahead off Chelsea, rounding off a fine week for after they also booked a Champions League semi-final against Roma by beating Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate with a second-leg win on Tuesday.