Manchester City showed on Saturday that it can not afford more punctures and beat Crystal Palace at home with so many of Gabriel Jesus and David Silva (0-2) to put pressure on Liverpool in the face of the fight for the leadership of the Premier League.
The celestial, who arrived with a disadvantage of eight points at Selhurst Park, the Palace’s house, knew that a victory today allowed them to transfer all the pressure to a Liverpool that will have the England classic this Sunday against Manchester United.
To overcome the obstacle of the Palace, a team that had already left two points two seasons ago, Guardiola had to experiment in defense and put two centrals that are not central, Fernandinho and Rodri.
Despite having Eric Garcia and John Stones, who ended up having minutes after returning from injury, on the bench, Guardiola pulled inventive and did well, since City had command of the game, his attacks flowed quickly, he did not suffer in defense and the only black point was the definition, a task that Gabriel Jesus was responsible for fixing.
The Brazilian opened the scoring with a header that slipped next to the stick at the pass of Bernardo Silva. That happened in the 39th minute and two later, David Silva finished a spectacular pass to Raheem Sterling’s ‘spoon’ to put the 0-2 and leave the game sentenced.
The City recovers the second place of the classification that had taken the Leicester City for a few hours and adds 19 points, five less than the Liverpool that will visit Old Trafford this Sunday.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace is out of European positions and is sixth, with fourteen units.