Guardiola still fighting despite 3-2 lost to Crystal Palace
Nairobi, Kenya 22 December 2018 22:52 GMT
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola came out fighting after their shock 3-2 loss at home to Crystal Palace with the Cityzens four points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Ilkay Gundogan header had given Pep’s side the lead but Jeffrey Schlupp equalised from an angled drive into the bottom corner before Andros Townsend stunning volley and Luka Milivojevic second-half penalty but Kevin De Bruyne added a second for the defending champions but were unable to add an equaliser.
Pep Guardiola came out with fighting talk:
“We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored. He told the club website
“The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.
“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.
“The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. 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.
“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.
“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.
“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.
“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.
“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “You don’t produce that sort of performance by waving a magic wand or having a five-minute team talk, there’s a lot of work that goes into that structure and we were excellent. He told BBC Sports
“We are playing against a team with enormous skill levels and their focus, their ability to sustain attacks, is an example to us all.
“I was really pleased with the way the lads worked hard for us. All the credit needs to go to the players. We scored three good goals.”