Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Guardiola Wants United To Win Europa League

Guardiola Wants United To Win Europa League

City never looked back after David Silva's 50th goal for the club in the second minute although it was not until the second half that the floodgates opened with Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all on target.

Jeffrey Schlupp was left frustrated by Crystal Palace's display at Manchester City after they fought their way back into the game after conceding after only two minutes, only to capitulate in the second half and let in another four goals.

Kompany was impressive as he made his fifth successive start, and his sixth in seven games, in Saturday's comfortable 5-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

"I said many times, for a central defender, how many duals do you win with the striker? We have missed that a lot this season".

The scoring finally seemed complete but Otamendi would have the last word two minutes into injury time.

"We are the best team in the Premier League for creating clear chances".

1 - This is the first time that Sterling/Silva have both scored in the same Premier League game for Manchester City.

A 5-0 home victory with five different scorers lifted City into third place above Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish behind leading two Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

The first goal after 114 seconds was a terrible defensive mistake for which Martin Kelly will take most of the blame but which should have been stopped earlier.

'Quite simply David Silva is the wizard, ' added Belgium global Kompany, who scored City's second goal.

Palace are now six points ahead of third-to-last Swansea, having played a game extra while the result guarantees City a spot in the top four.

"The right question to ask ourselves is, 'Are we capable to increase, especially in the moments under pressure all together in a big game, the level?'" Lloris said. I hope United can focus on the Europa League and next season we can have five English teams in the Champions League.

Silva nearly started the second half as he did the first as he turned well in the box to fire a shot at goal, but it was away to the right and never bothering Hennessey.

Allardyce said: "Defensively, we made too many mistakes. We need to repeat the performance in the next games".

Manchester City rising-star Kelechi Iheanacho must leave the north west giants this summer if he is to further his career after being mistreated by Pep Guardiola, according to his agent. The most hard thing in football, basketball, tennis, in all the sports is to do it in the last moment.

Guardiola believes City would have been worthy champions this season had they been more clinical in front of goal.

"I didn't expect it, but it happened and we have to take it on the chin".

On Saturday, at the Etihad Stadium, against a team that has recently beaten the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Premier League leaders Chelsea, Kompany was a colossal yet again.

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