Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Why I want Manchester United to win Europa League - Guardiola

Why I want Manchester United to win Europa League - Guardiola

But before Manchester City hosted of a resurgent Crystal Palace on Saturday, Kompany himself claimed that he was confident and completely focusing on the game. He has to be able to train regularly and play one game.

City completely dominated and should have been more than one goal ahead at the break with Leroy Sane twice denied by Wayne Hennessey.

"Apart from one game, at White Hart Lane, I can not remember a match were we did not create more chances than the other side", Guardiola claimed. One ― at White Hart Lane. "The others, no chance", the 46-year-old said.

"We wanted to set off this chain of home games right and it couldn't have gone any better, five goals at home".

Marcus Rashford's free-kick ensured United returned from Vigo with a 1-0 advantage on Thursday and, although Guardiola might have understandably selfish reasons to want Mourinho's focus to lie elsewhere, he has talked up the benefits of the Premier League having its Champions League representation bolstered for next season.

City have struggled for defensive solidity under Guardiola but boast clean sheets in three of their past four league matches with their skipper restored to the team.

"Maybe they are going to score a goal, Arsenal scored a goal [in last month's FA Cup semi-final defeat] when Vinny was there in the six-yard box, so that can happen".

The most hard thing in football, basketball, tennis, in all the sports is to do it in the last moment.

Without the injured Sergio Aguero, City enjoyed their biggest league victory under Guardiola, with goals from David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi.

"In the game against Everton, they arrive four times and we lose 4-0". I have said many times - (of) a central defender, how many duels do you win with the strikers?

"You see Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, they create enough chances, similar to us, but they score goals". We've missed that this season a lot.

Guardiola's team are effectively in a three-way fight with Liverpool and Manchester United for the final two Champions League places.

Behind him, captain Vincent Kompany was just as impressive making his fifth successive Premier League start after three seasons troubled by persistent injury problems. There are four awesome teams fighting for the final two places. "It will be awesome".

Sam Allardyce lashed out at his players after their hammering away to Manchester City, accusing them of complacency and warning them that they are still in danger of being relegated.

Allardyce's side remain in 16th on 38 points, only four points clear of the drop zone with two games left.

"The early goal at the beginning nearly killed us but we worked our way back into the game in the first half so that's why it was so disappointing to go out in the second half and concede goals like we did after how hard we had worked in the opening period".

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