Pep Guardiola: Manchester City best in Premier League at creating chances

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said his players capitulated in the second-half against Manchester City after a chastening 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

The 31-year-old centre-back has now completed 90 minutes in five of City's past six Premier League games - equalling his best run since last season, when an injury ravaged campaign ended with him limping out of the Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid and requiring groin and thigh surgery.

With three rounds of fixtures left, the top-four places are still there for the taking and the former Barcelona head coach praised the competitiveness of the English top-flight as he first season with the Sky Blues nears it's end.

It leaves qualification in their own hands and Guardiola was impressed that his side were so convincing against a team that had enjoyed wins against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal last month and are still fighting for their Premier League survival.

"It's just that somewhere it's in there for us to create more chances, it's in there for us to concede less goals".

"But here there are an unbelievable six top teams and all of them deserve for their history, for their quality [to qualify]".

Kompany has only played eight times in the Premier League this season but City have taken 13 points from those matches, averaging out as 1.63 points won per match the defender has played in.

The game was also Kompany's fifth successive start and the Belgian was pleased to be talking about his football again after two frustrating, injury-hit seasons. This time we scored the goals and that makes all the difference.

Kick off is at 13:30.

When asked about his side's inconsistency in attack after their crushing win over the Eagles, he replied: "I can only remember one game where the opponents created more chances than us - at White Hart Lane against Tottenham".

"When results like this happen you have to put it behind you and work in the week ahead preparing for the match against Hull City, which is our next massive game". "Early second goal and then from that moment onwards we looked like scoring more". Vincent Kompany's return has helped us, just with his presence, to be better in our own box. The one against Man United will always be best.

"I said to the players at half-time, either score another goal or forget about it, we are not able to win".

"I didn't speak with him but I'm pretty sure Manuel Pellegrini missed him a lot last season, for the last two seasons".

  • Julie Sanders