Manchester City set Crystal Palace on fire at the Etihad stadium by beating them five goals to nil securing themselves the third position ahead of Liverpool on goal differences. Pep Guardiola’s side opened the scores as early as two minutes from kickoff off time, and the 90th minute saw City finalizing the fifth goal.
David Silva utilized chance created by Martin Kelly’s poor header to score his 50th goal for the Club. In the second half, goals rained from Vincent Kompany’s wonderful finish at 48th, Kevin De Bruyne 60th minute strike when Wayne Hennessey finally failed to save after stopping many attempts from City Players, Raheem Sterling’s 82nd minute half volley strike, and Nicolas Otamendi’s 90th minute header from De Bruyne’s free kick.
Five goals to nil is Guardiola’s biggest Premier League win and truly the Spaniard admitted that their performance was a different class.
“Our Performance was high level. I’m pleased for our people we can finally enjoy a lot of goals here.” Said Guardiola
With integrity Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce admitted that his team deserved the heavy defeat. This is how he explained it;
“All five goals were avoidable. We didn’t make them produce their brilliant talent, we gifted them five goals. They punished us heavily. I didn’t feel the lads were comfortable in the back five as they would have done with a back four. When we switched, we got better going forward. But our final third play let us down as well as our defensive display. We deserved to get punished.”
Manchester City rises to third on the table as previous spot owners Liverpool get displaced to fourth. Three straight wins by City in the remaining three matches where two are at home against Leicester City and Westbrom as the last one is away to Watford on 21st May will give them the right to participate in the UEFA Champions league next season.
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