Man City boss Guardiola: Sane knows why he's not playing

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

"For 20 months, we've been winning every three days; an incredible amount of games".

That game kicks-off just minutes after the final whistle at Selhurst Park, making it all the more vital that City land a psychological blow by going back to the top of the table against Palace.

In a much tighter title race this season, with City just behind Liverpool, the Eagles' 3-2 win at the Etihad in December could yet be the game that costs Guardiola's men.

The City midfielder told reporters that he and his teammates were "not fearless enough" after City's 1-0 defeat in the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.

"Now it doesn't count if this decision was good or not after the game", he began. After we conceded a goal, in other games, that is true.

"We had a plan and the players know why we took those decisions for the way we wanted to play in the first leg". We didn't want to concede a counter-attack, where they are stronger than us.

"It was about trying to make sure there was a good enough result to go back to the second-leg".

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Roy Hodgson's Palace side enter the game in decent form having won three out of their last five Premier League games.

"We thought of more of a low game, with more passes and more control to attack in the right moment".

"I think there will be some dropped points still". I like when they express what they believe.

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

It might have paid off had Sergio Aguero not had a first-half penalty saved and, speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, Guardiola remained broadly satisfied with a performance he would not rank alongside some of the more dramatic knockout-stage collapses he and City have suffered in Europe's leading club competition.

"We have six games left to finish the Premier League".

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