Manner of Manchester City defeat is unacceptable - Sam Allardyce slams capitulation

Manner of Manchester City defeat is unacceptable - Sam Allardyce slams capitulation

That would suggest another world-class striker will be on his wanted list when the transfer window re-opens.

"We have two more games at home - one more than Liverpool". One - at White Hart Lane. The other ones: no chance.

"We are in a mini-league for the three home games so we decide in those three games [if] we are able to qualify for the Champions League or not", Guardiola told Sky Sports. Against Chelsea, we create more chances both here and at Stamford Bridge but in the boxes we are not good. I hope United can focus on the Europa League and next season we can have five English teams in the Champions League. Man City normally produce outstanding skills to beat you but we gifted them very easy chances to score and they thrashed us. "The one against Man United will always be best", he added. Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany are strong in the air and win duels but we don't have enough guys to score goals.

City had the chance to get a fourth goal four minutes later when Fernandino picked out Sane in the box, but the German midfielder skewed his finish wide from close range.

David Silva scored the first goal of the afternoon in just the second minute of the match before an emphatic finish from Vincent Kompany doubled City's lead on 49 minutes.

"Since the beginning of the season, when we won 10 games, we have been able to win four games in a row only once".

The Chile captain was injured while catching a cross in City's 0-0 derby draw with Manchester United, while Aguero sustained a groin injury in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough.

The victory lifted City above Liverpool into third in the table on goal difference while Palace, despite looking likely to survive, still have work to do to make their top-flight place certain after being outplayed and have now suffered three defeats on the bounce.

It is the kind of display that will give them lots of confidence as the season winds down.

Things were in full working order up front and at the back as City reinforced their top-four ambitions with a dismissive 5-0 rout of Crystal Palace, but that merely served to reinforce qualities that have been missing at key moments this term.

De Bruyne's cutback for Kompany and his cushioned header for Sterling took the Belgian to 16 Premier League assists for the season - the highest in any of Europe's top five leagues, overtaking Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig. "We need to have back-up though in case this (his injury) happens again".

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