Neville admits it's 'painful' watching 'brilliant' Man City and Liverpool

Florence Fletcher
April 15, 2019

Raheem Sterling scored twice at Selhurst Park - the first a neat finish following a sublime weighted pass from De Bruyne - as City supplanted Liverpool at the league summit, and the 27 year-old's performance was reminiscent of his electrifying form during City's title-winning campaign last term.

The Eagles can certainly garner motivation from the fact that they defeated City 3-2 when the team's last met in the Premier League last December.

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"That's true (it is a unsafe game)", said Guardiola.

"Selhurst Park is always hard, not just for the stadium itself but for the quality of the players they have".

"We'll have to win every game if we want to make back-to-back titles, we know that, and the players have shown they want to do it".

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Guardiola's upbeat attitude, despite a first defeat in 15 games, suggests a longer-term plan to keep his squad as fresh as possible for a gruelling run-in.

Then comes a midweek derby at Manchester United and a trip to Burnley before potentially two more Champions League games in the space of a week in the semi-finals.

Man City travel to Crystal Palace as they seek to reclaim top spot, at least for a few hours before Liverpool play Chelsea. They showed no intention of taking any initiative, and City exerted a level of domination that suffocated the game as a spectacle.

"For a month in the Premier League, we knew it would be nearly impossible - possible, but very hard - if we dropped points. We know what we are playing for and we are going to prepare well", added Guardiola.

Latching onto a lovely through ball down the channel from Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling managed to hold off his marker and aim a swerving shot over Palace's keeper Vicente Guaita and into the goal off the crossbar.

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