Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City: Pep Guardiola’s side close in on Premier League title

The club’s top scorer, Aguero, scored his 258th goal for Manchester City

Manchester City clinched the Premier League title on Sunday after two goals in 83 seconds hit a persistent Crystal Palace.

City will secure a third title in four seasons if runner-up Manchester United lose to Liverpool at home.

After a difficult first half at Selhurst Park, Sergio Aguero prevailed against City with a clinical finish before Ferran Torres took a low shot.

This ended the resistance of Palace, which remains in 13th place.

Roy Hodgson’s team had chances in the first half through Christian Benteke, who shot a header out of the way and blocked a close-range shot from City keeper Ederson.

But when City hit the breakthrough, when Aguero hit the net, followed by Torres’ neat finish, the result was beyond doubt.

Now it is a question of when and not whether Pep Guardiola’s team will be crowned champions again after handing over the crown to Liverpool last season.

“We can start putting the champagne in the fridge – not opening it yet, just thinking about it,” said Guardiola, whose side were 11 points ahead of United.

“The Premier League is already here – it’s in our hands. We still need one win, two more points.”

Aguero inspires City again

Not for the first time, but perhaps for the last time, Aguero provided City inspiration as they approached another trophy.

The 32-year-old Argentine will be leaving at the end of the season after his contract expires, having played such a vital role in his success since arriving in 2011.

While Guardiola may no longer see him as a key starter in City’s biggest games, there was a sense of inevitability that Aguero would still have a significant impact on the treble hunt when his iconic club spell came to an end.

Aguero played a little deeper behind Gabriel Jesus and was at the heart of City’s brighter attacking moments in the first half when they lacked quality in the last third of the field.

Still, they hadn’t managed to get a shot on goal until the ball came into the palace box from the left and Aguero made a clever touch to make room and shoot a powerful shot into the top of the net.

It was a reminder of the quality he still possesses, leading to the world’s leading clubs reportedly considering a move for him this summer.

“I’m so happy because I played 90 minutes a long time ago and the goal was good because maybe we can win the Premier League,” said Aguero, who said he did not know if he would see the United game against Liverpool will .

“I’m always ready. I feel good. I always want to have the opportunity to play like today.”

Sergio AgueroSergio Aguero, who had never scored at Selhurst Park, was the 12th player to score in 30 or more different Premier League stadiums

City rounds off a wonderful week

As for the weeks in the world of football, City has enjoyed one that couldn’t be more perfect.

Guardiola’s squad started Sunday when they won the Carabao Cup final against Tottenham and continued their impressive win in Paris St-Germain in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

With the second leg on Tuesday, Guardiola mixed his team with eight changes and initially they lacked the rhythm against a well-trained Palace team.

After Jesus saw an offside from close range, City took the break after failing to score a goal in the first half for the first time in 21 games.

Patience and improvement in the second half were the keys to victory in Paris and it proved it again.

Guardiola’s demeanor has been lively and relaxed after scooping a pivotal win, resting key players and appearing to be free from injuries.

Now he’s focused on quitting the job against PSG on Tuesday and getting City into the first Champions League final.

“What a man, I’m in love as a person” – reaction

Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace Manager: “Unfortunately we played against a team with so many technical skills. You have to work so hard to keep them in check.

“The first goal was just a fantastic pass, control and shot.

“With all the good work you did to keep them in check, you watch Man City 1-0 and you know you have to work hard to get a goal or two.”

“As a result, they were able to take their foot off the gas and go through the last part of the game fairly easily.”

Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola on Sergio Aguero: “What a goal, what action, what a player, what a man. I am so excited to have him back.

“He’s going to enjoy the last few games. He showed what he was and what he is with his aim. I’m in love as a person. He’s an incredible guy.

“It’s always difficult after the Champions League, but the players who didn’t play in Paris spoke on the pitch and they did it perfectly.”

What a gamer! What a man! I am totally in love with Aguero – Guardiola

Why City enjoys her travels – statistics of the day

  • Palace have suffered three consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since July 2020 (seven times).
  • City celebrated their eleventh away win in a row, setting the English record for consecutive away wins – Chelsea (April-December 2008) and City (May-December 2017).
  • No team has conceded more Premier League goals this season than Palace (11, level with Sheffield United).
  • City’s second goal was 700th in all competitions under Pep Guardiola, 157 more than any other Premier League team since taking office in 2016
  • City had to wait until the 57th minute to score a shot on goal. This was the longest wait in the Premier League since November 2019 against Southampton (70th minute).
  • Raheem Sterling has not scored a goal in any of his last 11 competitions for City in his last eleven appearances, registering only one assist after scoring six and two in the last nine

What’s next?

Palace will travel to relegated Sheffield United on May 8th (3:00 PM BST).

City are focused on Tuesday’s Champions League semi-finals against PSG (8:00 p.m.) before Chelsea play in the Premier League on Saturday (5:30 p.m.).

Player of the game

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Live text

  1. End of the game, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester City 2.

  2. The second half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Manchester City 2.

  3. Missed attempt. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace).

  6. Missed attempt. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is a little too high after a corner.

  7. Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.

  8. Corner of Manchester City. The corner was caused by Vicente Guaita.

  9. Attempt saved. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right in the lower right corner. Assisted by Ferran Torres.

  10. Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).

  11. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Corner, crystal palace. The corner was conceded by Nathan Aké.

  13. Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

  14. Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Missed attempt. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right. Prepared by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

  16. Substitution, crystal palace. Jordan Ayew replaces Andros Townsend.

  17. Missed attempt. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right-footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  18. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) receives a yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

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