Pep Guardiola blames grass after Manchester City draw with Crystal Palace – EtaSports

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Pep Guardiola blames grass after Manchester City draw with Crystal Palace

Pep Guardiola lauds Manchester City’s performance after stalemate with Crystal Palace (REX/Shutterstock)

Pep Guardiola blamed the grass at Selhurst Park following Manchester City’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The Premier League champions dominated the game but were unable to find the breakthrough against Patrick Vieira’s side.

The result leaves City still top of the Premier League and four points clear of Liverpool, although Jurgen Klopp’s side have a game in hand and will play champions in April.

Guardiola praised his team’s performance against City but after the game he complained about the state of the pitch at Selhurst park.

“I think they [Palace] played well,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“There are still a lot of games to play, we have to win a lot of games but the way we played, no regrets about the team.

Manchester City are now four points clear of Liverpool who have a game in hand (Getty)

“We would have preferred to win, of course, but the game was played well.

“We played to win games, we created more, the stats were there.

“The way we played was amazing in a difficult stadium with imperfect grass, we were always there, we had a good game.”Pep Guardiola blames grass after Manchester City draw with Crystal Palace

Manchester City are now four points clear of Liverpool who have a game in hand (Getty)

“We would have preferred to win, of course, but the game was played well.

“We played to win games, we created more, the stats were there.

“The way we played was amazing in a difficult stadium with imperfect grass, we were always there, we had a good game.”

Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva insists City are still in the driving seat, despite Liverpool being able to close the gap to a point.

‘It was a tough game, we actually played well, we controlled the game apart from one or two times. We couldn’t score and we should’ve scored,’ said the midfielder.

‘Nine games to go, but it’s still better to be in our position than in Liverpool’s and they have to play in our stadium so it’s going to be exciting.

‘It’s never easy to play at any team away in the Premier League. It’s always better to win than draw and we wanted to have an advantage of six points over Liverpool.’

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